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Tip Sheet Tuesday - Becoming a Successful Writer

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If you dream of becoming a successful published writer you might find the following tips helpful:


Be Resourceful

Always be on the lookout for topics to write about and new markets. Look at the magazines in the newsagents or supermarkets.  Do Internet searches for magazines on topics that interest you, e.g. craft magazines, short story markets, travel magazines. What about writing competitions? They are useful for getting you used to writing to a deadline and target word length.


Be Dedicated

If you want to be a published writer then you need to write regularly. Set aside some time for doing this, even if it’s only one day a week – and not necessarily the same day each week. Persevere. Writing, like all other trades, needs time and practice to develop.


Be Professional

Set your work out professionally, print on one side of the paper, double line spacing for fiction, easy to read font such as Times New Roman size 12, wide margins each side, your name and page number in the header. Study the submission details, make sure you adhere to them. If they ask for five pages, don’t send ten. If they ask you to paste your submission in the body of the email do that, don’t attach it – they won’t read it. Make sure your cover email is as professional as a cover letter.


Be Positive

Don’t let rejection get you down. I don’t know any author who has never had rejections. It’s part of a writer’s life and doesn’t always mean your work isn’t up to scratch. It could mean that you’ve sent it to the wrong magazine or the editor already has a similar work in the pipeline. Don’t give up. Carry on honing your skills and sending off your work. Hard work and perseverance will help you achieve your dream. Check out the this website to see some of the rejections famous writers such as Dr Seuss and Kenneth Grahame had. http://www.writersservices.com/magazine/rotten-rejection



If you're writing for children, check out my book Get Writing: Children's Fiction for more writing tips.



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  1. Karen

    I know!

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  2. Kimber Leigh Wheaton

    Good tips. Sometimes the "be positive" is easier said than done ;0

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