Writers & Readers

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 11.23.36 AMLet’s be honest here–I might not be the best person to advise new writers, as I still consider myself a “newbie.” Writing instructor Randy Ingermanson compares the journey toward publication as being similar to a high school–you might be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. According to his framework, I’ve only recently graduated.

But, since some of you may be freshmen or sophomores–I may have a few nuggets of wisdom that can help you along your path.

1. Study your craft. Here are some of my favorite writing books:

2. Follow agents’ and writers’ blogs to learn what is going on in the publishing world. Here are some great ones:

3. Join the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). They have many fantastic offerings for writers, including a wonderful e-mail loop where members can ask questions and join in the discussions. Also, look for local writing organizations that can help you make connections with writers in your region. I love my local group, Oregon Christian Writers.

4. Go to a conference! I can’t emphasize this one enough–attending a national conference (Mount Hermon) showed me how to take my writing from dream to a reality. They’re expensive, but it is SO worth it. Here are some of the best.

5. Join a critique group. It’s important to have others read your writing and give you honest feedback. Someone other than your mom! Critique groups can either be on-line or in person. I like the face-to-face contact of a local group, but that’s not always possible. It is important that others in your group write the same genre and are at a similar writing level. I recommend reading B.J. Taylor’s book, The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work.

6. If you would like more tips, check out some of these blog posts.

Fountain pen on an antique handwritten letter

Coming soon:

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