Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Writing is the THING
Why is it that writers focus in on the last half of the writing experience more than the work itself? I am talking about the submitting to agents/editors and finding a home for their work? Seems like lately I’ve heard more people say, “Oh, you’re a writer? I want to write a book too. I actually went out and researched agents to see if there is a home for my book.”
When did getting a book published became more important than writing it? Scratching head here.
At any rate, for those people who are contemplating writing a book, (instead of worrying about getting published before you have finished the first draft), here are some things you can do to make your work better.
Make your own word dictionary. Pick a word at random each day and write it down. Find out the meaning and learn to use it in the right context. Then go to a new one. When you have ten new words, go back and write down the definition of the first one. See how much you remember about it.
This will help you to develop and understand the meaning of words so that you have a broader vocabulary and won’t misuse one in your writing.
Also, read as much as you can. You will not understand how to write a book if you don’t read them. You will also write something fresh and entertaining instead of what has already been done to death.
When you find something that really strikes you in a book or magazine, be sure to make note of it. What was it about that section that really stood out to you? Is it some piece of writing on setting that really struck home? Remember what it was that you liked and do your best to learn how that was done. The reason being, if it appealed to you, it will appeal universally to readers everywhere.
Lastly, learn how to edit. This cannot be said enough. You will never make it through the first round of edits with your hide intact if you do not learn to spell, construct good sentences, and no when to say know.
Your readers will love you, and that search for publication will be a whole lot easier.