My Two Cents about Writing...

This month, I'm participating with other bloggers in the Sisters in Crime Blog Hop.

What are some things that new writers need to know?

1. Good writing is work. If you want to be a writer, you need to make time to improve your craft. This means writing and rewriting.

2. Write. Write. Write. Keep writing. Dreaming about being an author doesn't cut it.

3. Spend time proofreading and editing. If you're not good at it, find someone who is.

4. Find a good critique group. You need people to read your draft and provide constructive feedback. I love my mystery group (SinC-Central Virginia). It's made up of readers and writers. They don't pull punches, and that's what I need to improve.

5. Use social media to network with other writers, agents, and readers. Build your platform. But balance your networking and writing time.

6. Be strong. There are going to be rejections, bad critiques, and not so favorable reviews. Learn from them and move on. It stings, but take what you can, and don't dwell on them. And don't obsess about your number of followers, sales, and reviews. It will make you crazy.

7. Have fun. Enjoy what you do and every step in the process. I can't explain the joy that comes when you see your author's copy or your name on the cover.

For more writing blogs, check out Maggie King's site. Also see #SinCBlogHop and #SinC-Up.

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