I am a writer who has a lot of fears. It’s a good thing I can ghostwrite and avoid the bone picking that I fear the most. No one wants to be the victim of readers not liking what they had to say. But, on the other hand, noting ventured nothing gained. So, here is a post from Sylvia Ney at Write Me A World who has summoned up 7 fears and how to ignore them.
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As writers we often consider whether or not we want to be in this writing process for the long haul. I have been writing a long time and want to write for children. So, everyday I write and everyday I try to learn more about the craft of writing. I plan to be in it for the long haul because I have a desire to write. Whether or not I ever win an award for my writing is not what is important. For me it’s simply the need to write and have fun while doing it. Over at Write Of Passage, they list some interesting concepts in regards to writing and what things you need to consider.
Long-Haul Writing Career: What It Takes To Succeed
We all want to be excellent writers, don’t we? We really don’t want to be mediocre. That doesn’t mean we have to write Pulitzer-Prize-winning prose, and it doesn’t mean that one genre is better than another. It does mean we want to be professional and better than work-a-day in our skill set and our skill level. Almost nobody starts off being excellent. As James Scott Bell, a great writing teacher, speaker, and prolific writer himself, points out, talent is necessary, but it’s the least important of the skills required to become a successful writer. We can learn what we need to know. Read more here.
I’ve often wondered how to write a screenplay. I was thinking that it’s really a tasking and difficult process. At least up until I came across a blog that puts writing a screenplay in a different perspective. Over at NA Alley, they offer up tips that break down the writing process in a logical manner. Check it out.
The Screenplay Method (The Magic of Storytelling for all Writers)
Writers write. Duh, really? Of course, but that’s not all we need to do. We need to be tech savvy, a public speaker, a marketer, an account and so much more. But what else do we need in order to become a modern writer? At The Publishing Crawl, Marie Lu answers this question. I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are a modern writer.
When I was a teenager and first started writing with the goal of publication, I thought that a published writer’s career meant one thing: you sit and you write. That’s it. That’s a writer’s job, isn’t it? What else would a writer possibly have to do? What other skill would a writer possibly need?
Turns out (as with many of my teenage assumptions), I was completely wrong. The modern day writer needs, in addition to the skill of writing, a whole host of other skills that I never really associated with the career. Like:
The ability to be a socialite
This is a big one. My friends and I occasionally joke that a writer’s life is composed of extremes. Most of the time, you are an Uber Introvert and spend large swaths of time being hermity in front of a computer. But every now and then, you’ll be immersed in extrovert activities–okay, not just extrovert activities, but ZOMGEXTROVERTACTIVITIESZOMG. You will go on tour, where you will talk nonstop to large groups of people every single day from early morning to late night for weeks on end. You will attend conventions and conferences, where (again) from morning until night, you’ll need to be able to mingle, network, greet, do interviews and panels, speak in front of huge audiences, and party with strangers and friends and acquaintances. As a modern day writer, no matter how introverted you are, you need to learn to socialize on a large scale. This can all be really fun, of course, but it’s also scary for those who are inherently shy. (Like me, and seemingly the vast majority of writers.) Read more here.
- Habits of Successful Screenwriters: Be Comfortable with Solitude (scriptmag.com)
- The introvert’s guide to the writing world. (madgeniusclub.com)
- The Silent Writer (limebirduk.wordpress.com)