Ah, spring is finally here! Gone are the long dark nights of the autumn and winter and hello strolling around with less layers on, admiring the ambiance of your surroundings. Well that is how spring in London makes me feel. Forget about the potential gardening and such like outdoor summer pursuits, and look forward to your book being published or made into a film later on this year. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? All the months or even years of beavering away have finally come to something. Does that sound like you? Don’t let me fool you, it isn’t me either! So what have you done to take your writing dreams one step closer to becoming reality.
Now that the spring is here, here’s hoping you are charged with new energy and ideas for whatever, book, poetry or song you are working on. But presuming you are not there yet and this dream is well… still a dream, what can you do now to become a published writer and be taken seriously from here on in.
First, it is widely advised that you don’t give up the day job until you are well and truly there. Nothing can kill creativity faster than having a lot of financial worries, instead of letting your writing flow, you are up nights fretting about how you are going to pay the electricity bill! A handful of rejections cannot pay a single bill folks!! Glad we got that matter cleared up; now back to becoming a writer in the time you have scheduled around your other life.
I know that I have mentioned this before in previous entries but writing can be a lonesome pursuit. Unlike other arts such as acting or music writing if you exclude possible interviews, means you are alone. So how can you feel you are in good company when it is only you and your keyboard or pen and paper. This sounds obvious and perhaps a bit wacky but reading helps us feel that we are not quite so isolated. You could try reading a good book, a piece of poetry or even listen to the short story on Radio 4. Not only will you feel like a part of a larger whole, but reading good fiction has the added advantage of improving your own writing – just think, that piece could be you next time!
Let’s not forget the loads of writer’s blogs there are out there. Too many to list here. Why not subscribe to some and opt to have a notification sent to your email inbox each time there is a new posting. Most bloggers will be happy for you to leave comments which may well influence their future postings. And I find reading different blogs inspiring as most writers will tell you about their failures as well as their successes; the last thing you need when you are trying to make it is to hear about some smug writer who has made millions and never suffered a single rejection – uggh! You want to hear from other writers who have gone (or are still are going) through the same things as you.
Then if like me you like things done the old fashioned way a couple of magazines stand out for me although this is just my personal taste. Writing Magazine and Writers‘ Forum are two good magazines all about the trade and craft of writing. These two magazines are outstanding in their ability to cover a wide range of topics and they are so there for the unpublished soul! They have letters pages, answers for all sorts of queries across the broad spectrum of the art, and also have short story competitions – a good place to get involved and sort of be in the company of like-minded people. So why not take out a subscription. There are also the smaller presses like Scribble run by Park Publications that offer opportunities for unpublished writers.
So there you have it. Spring into action!
Until next time. S
Happy writing. S