Hi there. Sugar here. Last week we talked about the crazy things writers shouldn’t do in order to get the attention of an agent or editor. This week we are going to discuss things writers shouldn’t do in general.
Bash Other People’s Work. Especially on social media.
Honest, well thought out reviews are one thing, but I saw a writer bash a conference speaker’s presentation on Twitter. That’s BIG don’t in my book. Not only did I think, what a bitch, but I also thought it was petty and unprofessional. Now I won’t ever buy that writer’s work simply because I don’t respect them for being unkind about another person. We all have our opinions, but if you can’t say anything nice keep your big fat mouth shut.
Act High and Mighty
I met a NYT bestselling author whose books I genuinely enjoyed, but after meeting her I haven’t bought another one of her books. Why? She wasn’t nice or gracious or anything you would expect from an author who was meeting fans. The lesson: always be humble and gracious because if you aren’t, no matter how good your books are, people won’t buy them.
Go It Alone
I can’t say enough how awesome writer’s groups are. But even if you can’t make your local writer’s group meetings join online groups. Connect with other writers on Twitter, Facebook, anywhere writers congregate. The support and advice are invaluable. Writing can be lonely. Make friends where you can.
Listen to Too Much Craft Advice
Writers are a helpful bunch of folks. It seems like everybody is dying to give advice, even when you don’t ask for it. But be very careful what advice you listen to. Not everybody knows what they’re talking about it. And you as the writer knows what’s best for your work.
Getting published is hard. For most of us it takes years and years of rejection. And for some of us it may never happen. But don’t stop writing. Most of us write for the love of it. Not for the promise of fame and riches. If you stop writing then you cease to be a writer. So keep it up, even when it can be discouraging.
That’s it for the shouldn’ts. Lets talk about some of the things writers should do. Any and all comments are welcome.