What Writers Need

I’ve been thinking. Dangerous, you might well say but bear with me.

As I wrote in my previous post, my writing has gone through various phases. I’ve learnt a lot and am still learning. There’s things I wish I’d known at the start, but isn’t that the same with anything in life?

So, what is it I most needed early in the process?

Encouragement, sure. But I believe I got plenty of that from friends and family.

Time. There’s never enough time. I made enough time to write a novel a year by cutting down on the amount of crap telly I watched. Now, I tend to wake up and start writing straight away. Time is just a matter of priorities.

Feedback. Once I began to employ professional editors my writing began to improve massively. I love the editing process, I like being told what to write, what works and what doesn’t. Having an editor gives my writing greater freedom.

A plan. That’s what I needed. I still need one and it needs constantly updating. The plan I’m talking about is my path to publication, and beyond. Had I known as much about the publishing industry when I began producing novels as I do now, things might have been different.

For a start, I would have been much more encouraged. I may have been sufficiently motivated to devote even more time to writing.

What I needed was someone that knew what they were doing to take me through the steps and the decisions that have to be made in order to get a book out there and into the public domain.

Someone friendly and knowledgeable. Someone like me.

So there’s this:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-publishing-workshop-tickets-14168627747

It’s being held on 18 January 2015 in Chorley, Lancashire. It’s a one day workshop to give you a head start on the publishing road. Even if you’ve self published loads of books, I’m sure that it will be a day well spent with professionals in every aspect of writing and publishing.

photo credit: Eigappleton via photopin cc

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