Five Things a Beginning Writer Needs to Know
The indie author world is a fun place filled with amazingly supportive people who are generous with their advice and social media shares. There are so many out there who push themselves to the limit to do so while still working on their own stuff. It’s a great community, but as with most things in life, there is good and bad. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin walking the writer path.
- Keep your expectations in check. There is no overnight success in most endeavors and that includes writing. It took years for me to get views on my blog and build the network I now have.
- Start now. Keeping the first point in mind, the time to build a web presence is not after (or shortly before) the book has been released. Start posting and connecting with others now so you will have a good starting point for promotion.
- Be courteous. Don’t be that author who shows up in a group to share their book, only to disappear and not come back until it’s time to promote something else. Avoid DMs (Direct Messages) on Twitter at all costs. Respond to others as much as you post. Be generous with your shares.
- Read, take it in, discard. There is so much writing advice out there, and quite a bit of it can contradict other things you’ve read. Listen to you instincts and follow the advice that “feels” right to you, forget about the rest.
- Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Lose yourself in your story. Don’t let yourself get caught up in competitiveness or feeling jealous of others’ success. We are all in this together, so a victory for one of us is a victory for all of us.
So there you have it: some of my personal tips for a writer just starting out. What advice would you give? What were the biggest lessons you learned when you began your own journey as a writer?