For Writers

You have an idea for a story, but you've never written anything before. Don't worry, there's no such thing as an overnight success. Get ready to roll up your sleeves.

Even Liberace had to practice.
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Since future concerto pianists aren't expected to sound like a concerto pianist the first time they play the piano, writers should understand the first thing they put down on paper will not be a NYT's best seller...well, it might be after a lot of editing.

However, most things in life that are worth doing well, take practice, and writing is no exception.

I started writing years ago, and I've come a long way. My first manuscript makes me cringe, but it's important to see how much I've learned.

Here are some sites that you may find uesful, too.

Querytracker is a great place for anyone who is getting ready to pitch their project to an agent. There's a huge selection of agent information, plus the Queryforum where you can post your query to get excellent feedback from other writers. It's worth joining, and best of all it's FREE.

Nathan Bransford's blog has writing tips from queries to plot outlines, plus he's pretty funny.

Kristin Nelson, of Nelson Literary Agency, has a blog that not only talks about trends in publishing, but her sidebar is a cornucopia of straight-up advice about everything from agents and contracts, to building an on-line presence.

YA author, Janice Hardy regularly posts excellent writing tips with examples. You should also follow her on twitter.

In regards to books, these have been my bibles, Stephen King's On Writing, and E.B. White and William Strunk's Elements of Style.

Good luck with your writing and remember that every novel on the shelf of your local book store started out as someone's idea, and maybe yours is next!

      My writing desk is actually an old sewing machine. As you can see, I like sticky notes.

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