Archive | May, 2013

What Type of Writer are You?

29 May

I’m not talking about your genre. I’m talking about how you work as a writer. Knowing this about yourself and working to complement your strengths can help you maximize your productivity and become a better writer.

Let’s go over the different types, shall we?

Burst Writers

If you’re a burst writer, you like to get all your writing done in one setting. You will be best writing for a block of 2-3 hours each day. You’ll sit down, write quickly, and get it all done. Even if you can only put in half an hour, you’ll still be productive.

Is this you? Then make sure you have a block of that time that you can use every day just for your writing. No distractions.

Graze Writers

You graze writers out there will to come to the computer and work for 10 minutes, get a snack, come back and write, then call a friend… So on and so forth. Graze writers like to have short periods of writing, followed by a break.

If this sounds like you, make room in your schedule throughout the day to allow for those periods of writing. Take every opportunity you have to get in writing time. Instead of checking Facebook, consider using that time to work on your story.

Binge Writers

The binge writer is someone who doesn’t write for months. This type of writer will spend that time planning. Then, for a few months at a time, the binge writer will write like crazy. At the end of this, they will collapse. And then go back to planning.

If this sounds like you, learn how to outline, and outline well. Planning will become essential for those few months when you write like a crazy person.

Steady Writers

This type is someone who craves writing daily. You need it. Writing for hours every day sounds better to you than anything.

If you’re a steady writer, make sure you carve a chunk of time that is your writing time. You will work best if it’s consistent every day. A burst writer can sit down and write anytime, but a steady writer will work better within a regular routine.

How Knowing Can Help

It doesn’t matter what type of writer you are, as long as you know. If you’re not sure, read over these again and find out. Try different strategies, and keep track of the word count you achieve with each one. See which one makes you the most productive. You might be surprised.

So, what type of writer are you? Have I missed any? Add your thoughts in the comments below!

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How to Get Published

22 May

Want to be a story writer? To get on the path to publication, you’ll need to know a few things.

Know that Writers Write

You’ll have to put in a lot of time. I mean a lot. Malcolm Gladwell said that you have to work at something for 10,000 hours to become an expert, and writing is not an exception. If you love it, it’s all worth it.

Writing professionally is about having good habits. Set a writing schedule for yourself, and stick to it. Whatever amount of time you can put in during the day, do it consistently. You will see improvement.

Brandon Sanderson is a great example of this. (He’s my favorite author. I took a class from him – that’s right, it was awesome! – and I will definitely be referring to him throughout this blog.) Sanderson wrote 13 novels before he published one. 13 novels!

Was it magical novel number 13 that he published? Nope. It was his 6th.

Sanderson didn’t write one novel and spend years trying to promote it. While trying to publish, he kept writing and writing and writing.

Know Why You Want it and How Badly

I’m working on being a writer because I’d never be happy doing anything else.

I tried doing cancer research (yeah, I know Science is the opposite of English), but I was always wishing that I was writing.

If writing is just a hobby for you, that’s all right. Just know what you want. If you want to write for 15 minutes a day and chug along to get that novel done, that’s great. Set that goal and stick to it.

If you want to become a full-time writer, you need to act like it now. Set aside as much time as you can for writing time.

Do something to remind yourself of how much you want to publish. Find writing quotes to inspire you, visualize yourself achieving your goal. Put a reminder on your computer desktop or on your fridge, somewhere where you’ll see it every day.

Writing takes work. You need something to remind yourself how much you love it. Speaking of which…

Know that Writing is Hard

But know that it’s worth it. Every bit of it. Every word you write will make you a better writer. Don’t ever give up.

Not to brag or anything, but I’ve learned a ton about story writing – from Brandon Sanderson, from other writing classes, from reading a lot about it. I want to share that knowledge. I want to make your life as a writer easier.

I want to help you publish.

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