Advice For A Fledgling Writer
What is the best advice that you have for a fledgling writer? I ask this question about as much as I am asked it. The answer is pretty simple, just write. Write everyday as much as you can tolerate. It doesn’t matter if you feel your work is good or not, just get some words on the page. You can always go back and revise it later, just get those ideas out of your head. It doesn’t matter what you think other people will think of your work when you are producing material. Until you put that pen down, forget about everything but the story that you want to tell.
Also it is critical that you know your limits. Writing is supposed to be a fun passion not a dull chore. Have a goal for yourself, something small and reasonably attainable in the short term. It can be a word count, page count, finish scene xyz, or just go until you feel satisfied with what you have gotten accomplished.
I like to aim for 1,000 words a day. It is a number that I can reach without too much effort and keeps my steadily producing material. My number one rule to keep me from getting burned out is, “the moment it starts to feel like work, I stop and walk away.”
Apart from writing constantly I cannot stress the importance of finding a writing group and close circle of writing buddies. Unless you want to write solely for yourself, you are going to have to share your work at some point. Having other people with a similar passion to use as a sounding board is a valuable asset. You may be worried about harsh critique and it is true that there are some viciously abrasive folks out there in the indie writing world but they are a minority. In my experience the bulk of writers are genuinely helpful pleasant human beings that wish for your success just as much as their own. If you are not fortunate enough to have a writers group at your local library, book store or university then just go online. The internet and social medial is proliferated with writing support groups.
Writing every day and finding a writing group is not particularly breaking news in the realm of advice so I will leave off with something a little more personal and subjective. If you can write a killer opening line to your piece then you are in great shape. Seriously spend a good chunk of creative energy on the first thing that your reader is going to read. A strong first line with buy you a lot of good will with your reader and they will stay hooked for a nice long while. You can use the credit you establish with your opening line to drift into the realm of heavy exposition, showing vs telling and other conventional literary “no-no’s” before you need to worry that your reader is going to put down your story. Alternatively you can just continue to keep on writing amazing line after amazing line and then it won’t be too long before you end up on the best seller list.
Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.
At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.
Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.
In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.
You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at: http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com
To connect with Jason, check him out at: http://www.facebook.com/jason.pere.7
Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to http://teamcovenant.com/ashesonline/ to read Jason’s flash fiction work.