There are so many wonderful sites around with detailed, extensive writing tips, so I’ve provided links to some of my favourites. I’ve also listed my simple but *golden* rules for writing. These are the things that have kept me consistently published.
- Finish what you start
There is absolutely no point, that I can think of, having scores of unfinished literary masterpieces in your files. Make a point of finishing what you start. This can be very difficult in the beginning as you learn the technique for seeing a story through to the end. Persevere.
- Put your work away for a while before you send it out
I cannot emphasize enough, how a story can benefit from being left to mature before re-working – and believe me, I’m the most impatient person in the history of the world.
- Seek professional development
Never cease trying to improve. Search out opportunities.
- Learn how to take constructive criticism
Constructive criticism is your key to success. Surround yourself with people who can give it.
- Be consistent
Novels take time. Develop the habit you need to produce enough words.
Writing Advice Worthy of your Time
- Richard Harland’s Writing Tips – a free 145 page to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
- ROR blog – Cory Daniells and others make regular posts on writing and the publishing industry
- Stephen J Cannell – free online writing seminars from *The Master*
- Holly Lisle – pretty much everything you’d ever like to know
If you’re an Australian writer then you NEED a copy of the Australian Writer’s marketplace.