- Read Everything: Haunt your town’s biggest bookstore and Amazon’s book tion.
Your aim: To discover what makes books bestsellers, what designs and titles catch your eye on the shelf, the genres you want to write and what you’d do differently to carve out your niche.
- Read Books on Writing: Consulting a spread of books will indicate what is a matter of opinion and what is a non-negotiable rule. Your aim: Learning how to write articles, books, query letters and book proposals, along with marketing tips, from the masters.
- Start Writing: (Okay, slightly obvious!) Decide which time(s) of day you can devote to writing and get started. Begin with small pieces of writing and work your way up.
Your aim: Give yourself a manageable goal, like 1,000 words per day each weekday, and soon you will have a portfolio of work.
- Find Other Writers: Join the writers’ centre in you city or state, writers’ groups, classes and online forums.
Your aim: Sharing you frustrations, constructive criticism and information with other aspiring authors helps you network, make friends and improve your craft.
- Release Your Words Into the World: Once your work is polished to patent leather shininess, submit it for publication, and repeat.
Your aim: The more chances you give others to recognise your Tiffany-cut brilliance, the sooner you’ll succeed.
Only you, however, can decide if you want to “get Carried away” with writing in the first place.
As Carrie would say: I couldn’t help but wonder… in looking for career-love, when do you know it’s right to write?
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