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Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 3

This continues our series asking some seasoned, experienced authors what three key bits of advice they would give new writers that they wished they’d known when they started writing. We all wish someone had given us gems of wisdom that would help us avoid wasting precious time and making serious career mistakes. So I hope hearing the advice from these various authors will help you in your writing journey!

 Today’s post is from mystery writer Natalie Buske Thomas:

When I first started out as a writer, life was easy. I was eleven years old—why wouldn’t life be easy? My father had submitted one of my poems to our local newspaper and much to our delight it was published. My confidence soared! Continue Reading…

Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 2

This continues our series asking some seasoned, experienced authors what three key bits of advice they would give new writers that they wished they’d known when they started writing. We all wish someone would be willing to give us gems of wisdom that would help us avoid wasting precious time and making serious career mistakes. So I hope hearing the advice from these various authors will help you in your writing journey!

Today’s guest post is by Katherine Bolger Hyde, who is a professional copyeditor and has written numerous novels.

Congratulations! You’ve embarked on the winding, bumpy road of being a writer, following a rainbow only you can see in hopes of finding a pot of gold at the road’s end. I’ve been plodding down this road for ten years, and I’d like to share with you a few things I’ve learned that might help smooth out a few of the bumps. Continue Reading…

Advice I Wish I’d Been Given When I Started … Part 1

I wasted a large chunk of my life stumbling around in the dark, trying to become a “writer.” I became a writing coach in recent years solely motivated by the desire to spare new writers the pain and misery I went through—all because there were a number of important things I didn’t know. And the problem was, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I wished I’d had the future “me” to tell that naive “me” what I needed to know way back when (nearly thirty years ago). So before I share the things I wished I had known before I started my professional writing journey, I decided to ask some other seasoned, experienced authors what three key bits of advice they would give new writers that they wished they’d known when they started writing.

 Today’s post is from Jessica Bell, whom I met when she hired me to critique and edit her novel, String Bridge (a terrific book that haunts me even years later). Jessica has jumped into the indie writing scene with a strong voice and presence—from Greece, by way of Australia. Here what she has to say: Continue Reading…

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