Saturday, 15 October 2016

Starting out

I have an article about getting started as a writer in the current (November) issue of Writing Magazine.

Is there anything you've learned about writing which you wish you'd known when you first started?

10 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - that'll be interesting to read. Blogging taught me to write - but I guess it must have been inherently there ... never knew til the third age rocked around! I'll keep an eye out for the article .. cheers Hilary

Susan A Eames said...

I read your article, Patsy and thought it was excellent. I wish I'd known early on that I could start my writing 'career' via the non-fiction route and try my hand at fiction later.

Frances Garrood said...

I saw the article, Patsy, though haven't read all of it yet. Well done! And I wish I'd known how important publicity is. I thought in my innocence (naivety?) the publisher did all that. Sigh.

Wendy's Writing said...

I read your article last week, Patsy. I wish I'd known that writing is about patience as much as anything else.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I wish I had known that the publishing industry is all about waiting. Patience is not one of my virtues.

Patsy said...

I don't think we really learn how to do things until we have a reason to, Hilary. Who knows what other talents you may have, just waiting their chance.

Patsy said...

There does seem to be a bit of an assumption that writers should start with short stories and not try anything else until they've got the hang of them, Susan.

Patsy said...

I don't think many writers think of publicity and marketing when they start, Frances. Probably just as well or there might not be many books for us to read.

Patsy said...

I'm glad I didn't, Wendy – that would have put me off!

Patsy said...

Nor mine, Rachna!