Advice to Newbies, and Seasoned Writers
“When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write.” – Ernest Hemingway
Recently, I hosted an author class called Unleashing Your Creative Muse. During this gathering, we shared our experiences in the spirit of supporting and empowering each other to dream a bigger dream for our stories. As a collective group, I encouraged folks to share their wisdom on the pathway to creating their stories or post release of the story.
Seasoned authors and authors who had had published their books answered my question, “So what piece of advice would you share with another writer on the road to publication?
- Just put it down. Stop talking about your story idea, write it out.
- Keep creating separate from critique. The writer’s worse nightmare, they keep editing and editing, let creativity flow.
- Get a good editor. You can’t edit your own work.
- Accept help and ask for help especially when your book is close to release, and post release to help get the message out!
- Avoid naysayers, who are they to tell you what to write.
- Write your own truth. You know it best.
- Expect that people want to help you get the message of your book out to others.
- Laughter – have fun in the process.
- Connect with readers before the book comes out – pre-launch activities and build a social media following.
- Go out and buy Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott – great book for creativity.
Laura Ponticello is an Amazon bestselling author of Live the Life of Your Dreams: 33 Tips for Inspired Living, inspired by life stories of people across the globe. Her current book is The Art of Self Transformation, A Guide to Awakening. Connect with Laura.