Adam Blumer is a writer friend whom I have met recently through email. He writes for the same kind of publications I do. He gives these tips for writers who want to write for publication:
- Read the books that you want to write. Conversely, write the books that you want to read. Also read the best writing you can find (not necessarily what sells or is popular).
- Read and reread your favorite novel. Study how the author portrays his characters, draws his setting, structures the plot, creates conflict, handles language, and builds to a natural and satisfying end.
- Subscribe to and study Writer’s Digest magazine.
- Check out the Writer’s Digest library of books and read as much about writing as you can. Study the craft of writing and always be willing to learn and to change.
- Take a class on writing or a writer’s correspondence course. (Writer’s Digest offers online workshops. By the way, Writer’s Digest is not paying me to promote their products and training.)
- Join a writer’s critique group and develop thick skin. You’ll need it. (The ACFW offers such groups.)
- Network with wannabe authors like you. They may share the same struggles and questions.
- Be willing to sit at the feet of those who have already blazed the path you want to tread. Ask them questions. Read their books. Listen to the voice of experience.
- Attend a writer’s conference (for example, the Write-to-Publish Conference held in Wheaton, Illinois, each summer) and talk to publishers, literary agents, and established authors. Humbly learn as much about Christian publishing as you can.
- Study the books in the CBD catalog. Become familiar with the market you want to write for. By all means, become aware of what types of books publishers are buying, but always write from the heart. In other words, don’t just write what “sells.”
- Start small with a short story or an inspirational article. Submit it to a magazine for publication. Be prepared to wait a while for the answer. The wheels of publishing can turn slowly. If you receive a rejection letter, take another look at your work and see if you could have done something better. Then send the piece off to someone else. Repeat the process.
- Never ever give up.
For more encouraging words from Adam check out: http://debbrammer.com/writers-circle/encouragement-for-writers/march-16-2009-adam-blumers-words-for-writers/