Writers can find inspiration, tips, and tricks just about anywhere. The internet is filled with blogs that offer unique insight into the writing process. But maybe you don’t need to sift through all those well-meaning mentors. Maybe you only need to make a trip to the library. Take a look at what some of your fellow book lovers are reading. Do you feel a kinship with any of them? If so, it is time you followed their lead. Read a book and improve your writing; you’ll be glad you did!
When you first started composing your masterpiece, you probably thought the biggest hurdle was actually getting it done. By now, you’ve learned there are many more challenges than just the writing process. You need to find an editor, a publisher, a peer review group. And, you need to engage in some serious marketing – of yourself and your book.
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is a crazy, annual event where over a quarter million authors set out to each write a 50,000-word novel between November 1-30. After the 2012 event, RescueTime did some research to find out what traits were shared by the the most productive novelists amongst the NaNoWriMo crowd. Check it out!
I have a theory about creating a successful career as a novelist: we all need community; we succeed because of our community. Community is a three-legged stool. I have one of these stools at home, painted black and white, with pink udders under the seat. My creative grandfather gave it to me, and I smile every time I look at it because it’s fun, playful, and reminds me of him, and of my three-legged theory of success for authors.
New authors might fear attending a writers conference. Seasoned writers may think they don't need to go to conferences anymore. It's worth reconsidering.
There are many types of workshops, but none are quite as useful at honing a novelist's natural voice as a read aloud and critique workshop.