Writing Tips, But Most of All Do Not Get Discouraged
Updated: Nov 10
Excuse me, did you just say—that you would like to be a a writer? Hello, my name is Ron Snider, welcome to my blog.
To be a writer, you need to read a lot… and you need to write a lot. By doing this, you learn how to get your Authors voice, or writing style which is the quality that makes his or her writing unique.
When it comes to writing, to quote the author Ann Rice… and I must say she is spot on about this, she says "The great thing about our profession is, there are no rules.
Think for a moment, if you want to be a classic ballet dancer, or you want to be a great Violinist, a Symphony conductor, or you want to be painter, a movie maker, all of those fields contain apprenticeships, personal instruction, time practicing, many many rules that one has to go by.
However, the profession of being a writer contain done of that, no rules involved.
All a person needs are a computer, or word processor software, or a typewriter… or even a pencil and paper… that’s it. Then find a place to be alone with your thoughts, example, set down at your kitchen table, or in a bedroom and begin.
Remember when I said, "you need to read a lot… and you need to write a lot," this is where reading comes into play. Write the stuff that you are interested in reading, that way you know something about it.
When you write, don't rush yourself, you need to relax.
Back when I was writing my first book, The Darkling War, it took over 20 years to finish. When I first started, I was in my late 20's, and now I am 63.
However, I was not interested in writing a book for others to read… being published didn't enter my mind. I was writing just to please myself. Back then, I was not dedicated to writing every day as a professional writer is. During those years of writing for myself, I was working and raising two kids. Only spending the time to write when I felt like it, usually at night or on a Saturday, never had the time to write on Sundays for that I was always busy with church activities.
Now, I am dedicated to writing every day as a professional writer. I write at 11 o'clock every night, and stop at 4 o'clock every morning, 7 days a week. If you add it all up, I write 35 hours a week.
Finally, many years later I completed my book and laid it off to the side. Then the day came that changed my life forever, my wife picked up my book that was written by hand on many notebooks, and read it without putting it down. Afterward, she said, you really have something here, you need to try to get it published.
Now that I have my second book out, The Parallel Land and my third book are on its last chapter's, I figure that the second and third book has taken a year each to write. And it probably would not have taken that long to write my 3rd book, but I decided to put the Darkling war out in an Audiobook, and first I had to learn how to do the whole process to pass the strick ACX standards to get my audiobook published. Now it is being sold on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Just the other day I received an email from Findawayvoices.com…letting me know that my audiobook is now being distributed to retail and libraries reaching customers in nearly every country in the world… so it is essential that you do not get discouraged.
If you do not have a computer or word processor, don't get disheartened, find a pencil and paper and begin.
when I started writing The Darkling War, there was little access to home computers. Heck, I didn't even own a typewriter, it wouldn't have done me any good if I had, back in those earlier years I didn't even know how to type.
However, I did have a strong desire to write. So, not to be discouraged, I went to the store and bought me a mechanical pencil… no reason other than I thought it was really cool to look at… and a 70-page narrow rule notebook to write in.
When I was through with the 424-page book all handwritten, I started on the rewrites… and all of that was done by writing it by hand.
Eventually, the book needed to be typed out so it would be presentable to send off.
So, I purchased a laptop… and all the stacks of notebooks that I had, I had to type. By the time I was through working my way through the notebooks, I knew how to type.
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