Suggestions for Beginning Author

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, attended workshops, writing groups, read & write constantly, novel-in-progress

The best suggestion I can give is to start writing. Open your computer or get out pen and notebook and put down words. Write whatever comes to mind. Be prepared to rewrite later when plots and ideas crystallize and characters become clear in your head. If you are like me, you’ll want to share your work early with someone who can critique it for ideas. Other writers don’t want to share it early. You’ll have to find your own comfort level. This may change as you progress. But be prepared to:

  • read and read and read thriller novels, all you can lay hands on, just to see how successful authors handled plot, narrative, dialogue, character, and all the tricks of the trade to get published.
  • learn to incorporate the tricks you learn from New York Best Seller authors (if you plan to become a best seller) because obviously they did something right, but do not ever in this life or the next copy another person’s work; copying is plagiarism and illegal. It can get you law suited for life.
  • write and rewrite half a dozen times or more if that is what it takes to get it to read like a professional book.
  • accept a lot of rejection slips before you get your manuscript accepted by a publisher.
  • work with your literary agent and publisher and rewrite some more to polish your manuscript to their standards when and if it does get accepted.

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