3 Bits of Advice
As we come into the Autumn, my thoughts always turn to the next year.
Earlier this year, I published Think like a Pro, 7 lessons that helped me turn from a hobby writer into a professional writer.
While I won’t repeat some of those lessons, I do want to give 3 bits of advice and one HUGE acknowledgement.
Advice 1 ~
For writers, for anyone pursuing the dream that’s haunting you, “Never stop.”
Never stop writing. Get to the end. And continue.
“Into the Labyrinth” is Remi Black’s story of her passage to publication. She offers it as advice for new writers just beginning their journey.
I have written stories all my life. I enjoy opening the great door into the unknown of story, each step lighting a path that once was only darkness.
Writers pick up bits of string, tie them together, wind them into a great ball, and
then enter the labyrinth of story, hoping to defeat the monster before it eats them.
Several, several years ago, after I had written a few manuscripts, growing as a writer with each one, I penned Dream a Deadly Dream.
I thought Dream/Deadly would be my break-out novel. I said to myself, “Here’s a story with intriguing characters and a twisty plot and a catchy title. This is the book. This is the first book that will be published by the official big publishing houses.”
I sent out the original manuscript with great hopes.
And it bounced back, usually with a “nice” rejection letter attached.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea was formative for me. It’s a book that I’ve long promoted to friends and students, whenever they asked for recommendations.
You can find it here, in the 50th anniversary edition.
The main Facebook page for Writers’ Ink, my publisher, is celebrating encounters with AML’s book all through August and September on Snippet Saturday: You may be able to find the first AML post here.
Whenever I’m beachy keen–and that’s not for crowded beaches in the heat of summer, but afterwards, when it’s me and the sand and the waves and the sun casting south–that’s the time that I reach for Gift from the Sea.