In the highly competitive markets of the writing industry, it is imperative that authors produce top quality material if they want their work to get noticed. Although there are as many unique writing styles as there are writers, there are some basic skills that should be acquired, for the sake of the audience. (One of my pet peeves is misspelled or misused words.)
One of the greatest investments a writer can make is in their own education. After all, learning to write well should be at the top of the list for any writer. While some may have a natural talent for story-telling, there are certain rules that apply to all written material.
For anyone interested in writing as a career, I highly recommend spending the time to learn everything you can about the industry, and continuously working to enhance your skill sets.
A few resources I highly recommend are:
Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/
Writers Helping Writers: http://writershelpingwriters.net/
The Writer’s Almanac: http://writersalmanac.org/
Quote: “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don’t feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you’re wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.” – Paul Gallico in “Confessions of a Story Writer”
If you have any suggestions or resources to share, please feel free to post links in the comments.
Read well, write well! – Amber Lea