- Write every day.
- Read every day.
- Pray every day.
- Everyone has a story, but not everyone can tell a story well. Train yourself to tell your story well. Attend writer’s conferences, workshops, classes and practice, practice, practice.
- Write to teach not to entertain.
- Just do it!
- Go to a writer’s conference. Why? Because you don’t know what you don’t know.
- One of the hardest parts of writing is finding quality time to focus on writing. This is a must. Make time to write.
- Get involved in a writer’s group. “Wisdom comes from many counselors.” You will only grow as high as your circle of friends and colleagues allows. Surround yourself with others who can help you grow.
- Read…read more, read everything differently, read for style, story line, and framing. Read analytically. Study how the author communicates.
- Write…and rewrite. Journaling is a great writing tool. Write until you find your voice as an author.
- Attend writer’s conferences. “This was the single best investment I made in my long-term goal as an author.”
There you have it. Twelve terrific tips to help beginning writers get started. It’s interesting how several of them overlap.
Here’s one last bonus tip:
Don’t wait. If God has called you to be a writer, to share your story, or a message He has given you, don’t wait for the circumstances to be perfect. Start writing now and trust Him to provide all the elements necessary for you to accomplish what He has called you to do. Just be obedient to the call.