Sole Writer

–Delana H. Stewart

WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter have opened up a whole new world for budding writers. Parents often ask me how to encourage their children who desire to become professional The Writerwriters. Here are some things I have learned along the way.

Encourage your budding writers to:

  1. Keep a journal. Write in your journal daily, even if it is just jotting down something interesting you heard or read. Carry a notebook around with you or find something on which to jot down new ideas when you see them, hear them, smell them, touch them, taste them, “feel” them.
  2. Read many books in different genres and keep a record of quotes, character and setting descriptions, and reasons why a particular book appeals to you.
  3. Share things you have written with others who are interested in your genre of writing and those who will critique your work in helpful ways. A writer often has three balls they are juggling at one time: 1) Something they have written that they are sharing or promoting, 2) Something they are working on writing or revising, and 3) Something they are thinking about writing.
  4. Seek publication in a variety of venues. When I was growing up, the only way to do this was through magazines and newspapers. Now the internet has opened up new pathways. Start a blog. Write for your blog regularly. Seek to be a guest blogger on other people’s blogs. Start a Facebook page specifically for the things you like to write about. Friend/Like other writing and publishing related Facebook pages. Become familiar with self-publishing by reading articles related to the pros and cons of self-publishing. Join Twitter and tweet with others interested in your area of writing.
  5. Don’t give up! If you are very passionate about writing, keep writing.

Gloria Gaither expresses it this way:

“If you don’t feel as if you’ll choke to death if you don’t write, you’re probably not a writer….even if no one ever read or praised or bought her writing, a writer would have to write.” 

http://3daysatsea.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/the-ocd-writer/

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Delana Stewart is the author of– Nine Year Pregnancy: Waiting on God–Our Journey of Adoption;

Three Days at Sea: Soul flotation when the waves are pulling you under;

My Paper Pregnancy Journal: A place for you to tell your adoption story.

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See also:

Writing Tips

Sharpening Your Writing Skills

Striving for Excellence in Writing, Grammar, and Reading

 

 

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