Why I write...
"We write to lure, enchant, and to console others. We write to
serenade. We write to taste life twice, once in the moment and once in
retrospection. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach
beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak to others, to record the
journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel
strangled or restricted or lonely. If you do not breathe through
writing, if you do not cry out in writing or sing in writing, then don’t
write, because our culture has no use for it." ~ Anaïs Nin, A New Woman
single best blog for aspiring writers, by Jane Friedman.
will answer most of your questions and give you a ton of great
My Short Synopsis of the Basics
What you have to KNOW to get published:
What you have to DO to get published:
How to survive the wait to get published; or, what I wish I had known ten years ago!
To get those creative juices flowing:
Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind,
by Natalie Goldberg. If you are the type of writer who enjoys
structured exercises, these are definitely the books for you. Short
chapters, easy to read, and thought provoking.
The Artist’s Way,
by Julie Cameron. Terrific program to enhance creativity, for those
extra-determined types. Excellent choice to thumb through on those bad
days when you can’t believe you ever thought you could be a writer.
by Stephen King. Practical, tell it like it is, sit your butt down in
front of the computer and get it done. Fabulous motivation, dispels a
lot of the myths around the need for inspiration to write. It’s a job -
sit down and do it advice.
To approach agents/publishers once your book is complete:
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They are, What they Want, and how to Win them over!, by Jeff Herman.
(Anything by Jeff Herman is an excellent resource.)