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Friday, 29 February 2008

As promised, today Lea Schizas shares an article with you guys.  Don't forget to join Lea in chat tonight at 8 PM EST--just click on the chat room link on my home page at Lea will answer questions about her book, writing and projects!!!  Stop back tomorrow for my review of The Rock of Realm.  Now, here's Lea's wonderful tips for writers!!



Ten Tips for Writers

By Lea Schizas


At times all we need is someone to point the way, to motivate us when we’re feeling as though our writing world is crashing down on us. Before I offer you the tips below let me just add that there will always be naysayers around you while you are climbing your writing career. It is up to you to weed and discard these naysayers and not allow them to take you down. Always remember why you entertain. Remember the passion you feel when writing and place these naysayers in the back of your mind. No one can understand a writer more than a writer.

Here are my simple ten tips to help you:

  1. There’s a reason why you keep reading this over and over again in almost every writing how-to book: read, read, and then read some more. The fact is the more you read the more you pick up various authors styles, the way they string words together, the way they use most of the five senses, the way they bring their imaginary world to life by their descriptive details. Reading is part of the educational process in order for you to grow as a writer.
  2. When you feel as though you’ve hit a brick wall (avoid clichés-do as I say and not what I do) then put down your manuscript and walk away for a spell. A bit of distance to clear your mind allows you to come back refreshed and hopefully unblocked.
  3. When looking over your manuscript, look at it objectively. Put away your writer’s hat and wear your reader’s chapeau. Is your work fully fleshed out? Are your characters believable? Does the setting make an impression on you? Can you tell what period the story is set? As a reader, you know what a good book entails so jot down several questions you’d like to have answered once you’re work is done as a writer, sit down, and answer them honestly. Best tip is to get someone else to review it and answer those questions, as well.
  4. Don’t wait until your book is published to begin marketing yourself or the book. Build yourself a website and begin promoting yourself, or rather, brand yourself as a writer. Write articles/stories and sub them to various outlets. Get some publishing credits. You need to begin the hype about your book before it hits the bookstores
  5. Begin researching various publishers suitable for your book now. At the same time, begin to research agents who deal with your genre. Don’t waste your time and theirs by submitting a manuscript not suitable for their guidelines. READ guidelines carefully and adhere to them.
  6. Rejections are part of a writer’s life. Get over it.
  7. Did I mention to read, read, and then read some more?
  8. Remember why you write and have fun. Don’t give yourself ridiculous deadlines or goal plans. Think through your commitments before you accept them.
  9. Join a writer’s group and a critique group. They are valuable areas to help you finetune your writing.
  10. Don’t sit and think too much about what to write next. There are different methods for different writers and you need to figure out if you are:

A- the type who needs to outline the whole story before you write or

B- the one who writes the whole story down while it’s fresh in your head and then worry about the filling in stage and editing.

I fall in the B category and it's worked for me so far.

As you write more and more you will discover your own writing voice, your own writing habits, your own sense of what your surroundings should be in order to help you write in peace.

As a mother of five, there is no such thing as 'peace and quiet' in my household. Yet I managed to secure a four book deal in January with two publishers. What I have is determination, persevrance, and a deep passion for writing. Possess these qualities and no matter how many times kids yell in the background for one thing or the other, a dog who needs to go out for a walk, a husband who needs his will always find time to write if you avoid the naysayers and possess those three attributes.

Author’s Bio: Lea Schizas is an award-winning author and editor. She is the author of the award-winning young adult fantasy/adventure, The Rock of Realm, and the young adult paranormal suspense/thriller, Doorman’s Creek.

Posted by joyceanthony at 1:06 AM EST
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Friday, 29 February 2008 - 7:19 AM EST

Name: "Clare London"
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This was really useful for me, having just sunk into one of those 'brick-wall' periods! Thanks for sharing.  Clare :)

Friday, 29 February 2008 - 7:39 AM EST

Name: "Lea Schizas"
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Hi Clare. I can't say that I've ever had writer's block but I have run into a brick wall here and there trying to decide which of my ideas to go with. The best solution...walk away, move on to something else. You could be staring at the page for hours and the only thing you'll accomplish is to have stared at the page...for hours. 

 Thank you for passing by today.


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