How to Succeed at Writing

Posted on July 29, 2013

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To be a great writer takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Being a writer is not a “slack job” as some would believe. It takes even more work to become a successful writer. Everyone will have a different meaning for “success,” but for many, that definition includes   being published. Here are six suggestions to help you become a successful writer.

Write about something you care about

If you write what you want, not only will you enjoy writing, but also you will have easier time writing. The words will flow naturally. If you write about what you love, it will show in your work and your readers will see it as well.

Take risks

If you’re writing fiction, write “larger than life” characters. Make your characters behave in ways we would not dare to in the real world. If you’re writing non-fiction, take a stand! Say what you believe and don’t back down.   Depending on your genre, your readers will appreciate either diving into a brave fictional world, or your devout honesty in your non-fictional piece.

Write every day

There will be times when you just don’t feel like writing, no matter how much you may love your subject. During these times, however, it is still important to sit down and try to write something. Even if it is only a page, write something.  Oftentimes, by writing, you can get yourself out of any funk you may be in.

Read

If you’re writing fiction, read the classics. Also read bestsellers in your specific genre. Likewise, in non-fiction, read what you can about your topic and related topics. Read books and articles on writing by authors you respect. If you’re a blogger, read blogs and books written by other bloggers.  Just as it is difficult to be a professional athlete without proper diet and exercise, it is also difficult, if not impossible, to be an excellent writer without also being a reader. Read what relates to your writing, as well as anything you enjoy. Just keep reading!

Be persistent

Getting published requires a lot of perseverance. J.K. Rowling was rejected by twelve publishing companies before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was given the green light. Send out your work. Learn from your rejections. If someone offers you advice, revise your work and resubmit it. You just have to find the place where your work belongs.

Keep writing

Once you’ve submitted your work, head back to the writing desk. Even before you hear back from any potential publishers, get back to writing. You are a writer and writers write! If anything, writing will take your mind off the agony of waiting for a response.

The key to be a successful writer is to write. Write every day, work hard, and be persistent. Great writing will find its place in the publishing world. Never be afraid to take chances on your writing. You never know what opportunity will lead to being published.

Stacey Selz, Editor and Writer, Asta Publications

http://www.astapublications.com

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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