Happy New Year, and welcome back from our holiday break at Genreality. We’re wrapping things up this week. Never fear, the blog will stay archived, posts will still be available for reading.
I’ve enjoyed posting here, having a place to put all my thoughts about writing and to share what I’ve learned about the business of writing and publishing. Thanks to all of you who’ve been reading, and especially to those of you who’ve come up to me at signings and conventions to tell me how much you’ve liked the blog. I’m so glad our work here has been useful for you. I’m still blogging at my personal site, and you can also find me on Facebook. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about writing in days to come.
In closing: The question I get asked most, even more than “Where do you get your ideas?” is “What advice would you give to new writers?” I get asked this in interviews, in e-mails, at signings, at parties. I try to condense my response into something short, memorable, true — and practical. Here’s what I say:
Write as much as you can. When you’ve finished and sent off one thing, start the next. Always be working on something new.
Improve your writing as much as you can. You have to get better. Challenge yourself. Write more, write better.
Read as much as you can. Words are tools, you can learn a lot by seeing how other people use them.
Analyze what you read. Figure out what you like, and do that in your writing. Figure out what you hate, and why, and then don’t do that. This is how you get better.
Educate yourself. Know how the business works. Know what a scam looks like. Talk to people. Learn.