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Writing Slowly March 4, 2013

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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While working with beginning writers over the past year, I’ve seen several make the same mistake. They rush to be published. Their efforts to hurry the process may actually lengthen the time it takes them to reach paid publication. If you’re a beginning writer, consider going slowly now to go fast later.

Read good books in the genre you’re interested in writing in. Books written in the past five years are better indicators of what editors are willing to purchase than books considered to be classics.

Bone up on grammar. Many editors refuse to spend time cleaning up messes of lazy writers.

Read books about the publishing process itself and how to get published. Again, the latest books will be the most helpful in this.

Attend writing conferences if you can. These can be expensive so you may want to hold off until you have a writing project near completion, but if you can afford to go before then, you can receive a lot of good instruction at conferences. Conferences can jumpstart a writing career. The experience is sort of like learning a foreign language through full immersion in another culture rather than through a textbook.

Consider taking a class. Even if you live in a remote area, you can find plenty of online classes.

Join a critique group. If you’re fortunate enough to have critique partners who have been paid for their writing and been successfully published, pay special attention to their comments. They’ve been where you’re at and they’ve found success.

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