Tip #7

This one is titled “Authenticity”.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read someone’s manuscript, only to find the wrong words or misunderstandings about a piece of information that’s easily found.

I spent hours and days and weeks researching, not only the location, but also the time period, the political climate, the people in general for my novel “Birthright”. I’m sure I got a few things wrong. But the truth is, people wouldn’t have believed the story if most of it wasn’t correct.

Authenticity leads to Believability.

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Tip #6

I wrote recently about writing what you love because you may not get published. It bears repeating, especially when many writers like to write about various things.

It seems to have become the … fad… to write the latest … fad. *cough*

Young adult SF became the rage with the movies Divergent, Maze Runner, and Mockingjay. Lots of writers thought, oh, I have a story like that I’ve always wanted to write. They’re excited. They’re going to sell millions of copies. They finish the book and try to find a publisher, only to find no one is accepting them any longer.

Fantasy romance is hot. Everybody shifts to that. Only to again find no one wants to buy them.

Then another genre gets hot. And another. And another. And suddenly you feel like a dog chasing his own tail!

What most writers fail to realize is, yes, these genre’s were in the demand. But it was before the fad ever hit the public. That excitement was driven by an excellent market campaign. Probably several.

Rarely are we, as writers, lucky enough to be able to predict the next swell of excitement for a book.

My advise: Happiness and success can be fleeting and hard to catch. Be happy with what you’re doing.

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Tip #5

You have no idea how heavy an unfinished manuscript draft, long or short, can weigh on you. The first draft especially. This is probably my most often given advise: Finish it.

Just spit it out there. Good, Bad, or Ugly. As long as the last word of that draft is done, even if it devolves into nothing but an outline at the end.

I’ve said before to celebrate the milestones. And this is a big one. Suddenly it’s out of your head. The weight’s off your shoulders. You can breathe easy again. And you definitely deserve that!

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