Solid Advice for Getting Published

Many would-be authors wonder what they need to do in order to get published. They may enjoy the writing process, and find it fulfilling, but for the most part, an author wants to know how to get their book published. It is not a matter of luck, nor of knowing the right person, nor of being born a brilliant writer. Instead, there are some solid tips you can use so that you’ll no longer wonder how to get published. You’ll BE published.

The first tip is to create a successful author’s mindset, which means that you should know where you want to go with your writing.  Simply wanting to get published isn’t enough; you must know what the purpose of your writing is, and what message you ultimately want to communicate to your readers. Seek out and confront any negative or destructive thoughts and beliefs you may have about writing; some of these beliefs might even be on a subconscious level, so try to really put some effort into being honest with yourself about your perspective on writing. You will not be successful if you have a negative mindset.

The second tip is to develop the habit of journaling regularly. Keeping a journal is not a practice to be kept only by those writing their memoirs. Rather, every serious author should journal.  Journaling improves your ability to be perceptive–for example, food writers are good observers. It is also a tool that helps you mine your emotions and thoughts; doing this can help you create a goldmine of emotion and thought that will make your writing rich.  Creating rich prose is a critical component in getting published.

The third tip is to practice writing daily. Writing is like playing a musical instrument–daily practice is the only way to improve. The easiest way to accomplish this is through timed writings.  Choose a length of time (at least 5 minutes, but more is better), set a timer, and just write without stopping.  If you can’t think of anything to say, write, “I can’t think of anything to say.” But keep writing. The flow of words limbers up your creative pathways.

The fourth tip is to understand your strengths and weaknesses and write to your strengths. Every writer has specific strengths and weaknesses.  For example, if your style is to be loquacious, and you are able to paint vivid word pictures, you would do well as a literary fiction author. Discover what you do well as an author and use those strengths. Knowing your strengths enables you to choose projects which will bring you the greatest success.

The fifth tip is to write with feeling. If your writing lacks emotion, it will fail to draw your reader in. You want to engage your reader, so they will keep coming back for more. Know what feelings you want to evoke in your reader, and keep these emotions in mind as you write. The sixth tip is to fill your writing with details. Detail is essential to great writing, yet too much detail can weigh your readers down, and push them away from your book.  Creating the perfect balance of

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