Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tip O'Day for Writers #64

Today's guest blogger Debra Burroughs says we should learn from others, work hard and read a lot.

As a fairly new author, I have tried to learn from others who have blazed the trail of writing and publishing before me. One of the greatest people I have found to follow is J.A. Konrath and his blog JAKonrath.blogspot.com. He and his blog are a wealth of good information and inspiration for anyone hoping to make writing their full-time career.

He offers an eBook called The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing for next to nothing. It is a compilation of five years’ worth of his blogs, is rich with meaty information. The following is a quote from that book which always encourages me in my quest to be a successful author:

“Writing is a craft, and craft can be taught. If there’s a super-talented egomaniac with a sense of entitlement that matches his flair for prose and an average Joe who studies the market, hones his craft, responds to feedback, and keeps at it, my money is on Joe Average getting published first – then having a more successful career when he does. Hard work trumps talent. Persistence trumps inspiration. Humility trumps ego.”

Beyond that, someone once told me that you will never write better than the books you read. Pick a few successful authors in the genre you want to pursue and consistently read them. It will make you a better writer. I know it has worked for me.

Debra Burroughs is the author of CHICANA, a gripping account of survival, prejudice, heartbreak and love. It is available on amazon.com.

1 comment:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly about reading. It inspires of course, but also teaches writing skills (even if subconsciously). It's self 'brain washing', subjecting yourself to repeated information, although in a very enjoyable way. Choose the best - to be the best. Great post!