by Lynda Filler, Author Poet Freelance Writer on QUORA
- Write every day. It might be 15 min. on Quora or a blog or a page in your novel, but write. That’s how you get better.
- Start with bite-size work. I originally wrote poetry and published 3 books over the years. Then when I got the nerve to go mainstream, I published a novella First, it was in Kindle Worlds so I was certain someone would read it because it’s fan-fiction from a famous author Russell Blake NYT and USA Best Selling Author. Second, it’s short—30,000 words, fun and not overly challenging. When you do this type of writing, you get instant feedback from fans who will be blunt about your mistakes and praise you if you’re on the right track.
- I’m in love with the motivation and inspiration you can find on You Tube. The first video I would recommend is Stephen King. His book is a MUST READ On Writing; but his interviews are extraordinary. Listen, take notes on both style and persistence. A fan reviewed one of my books and compared my style to Lee Childs, David Baldacci and Clive Cussler. So the first is an author I love and I’ve listened to every interview he’s given on You Tube.
- Read, read, read, and did I mention read? Imagine. You get to learn your craft by doing something you already love to do, read.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is another classic. These are lifesaving books (A. Lamott & S. King) to keep by your side. Inhale every single syllable. When you get stuck or lose motivation, pick one up, read a chapter then go back to work.
- “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Each writer will have a “something” different that this quote will reference. In my case, some days I get caught up in things that don’t “serve me” or help me build my author business. I know in that moment I have to stop, re-focus and write!