Happy Young Writers Day!
Today we are celebrating Young Writer’s Day! April 10 is is all about encouraging young people who want to become writers and authors to make their dreams come true. So for all you aspiring authors out there—both young and young at heart—here is writing advice from some of our younger authors!
Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Lara Lacombe, author of Colton K-9 Bodyguard
Try to remember there’s no “right” way to write a book—every author has their own approach, and you’ll have to test different strategies until you figure out what works best for you. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that you have to approach writing a certain way. It’s okay to do your own thing!
Harlequin Desire: Maisey Yates, author of Claim Me, Cowboy
If you want to write a book just for you, it doesn’t matter if you can sell it. But if you want to sell a book, it’s helpful to examine the market to see where you fit as a writer. When I conceptualize a book or series, I start with a basic concept I know will be salable. I decide what to write with my head. Then when I sit down to actually write, I set all that aside and write with my heart.
Harlequin Dare: Rachael Stewart, new release coming 2019
“I love writing but I’m never going to make it as an author.” Does this sound familiar? It was certainly me. The way I saw it, getting published was less likely than winning the lottery. But look at me now, living proof! You just have to have the commitment and the passion to get a book to the finish line and out to that publisher. And I say passion because, boy, do you need it. You have to love it to get past the rejections, the self-criticism and the sleepless nights, as the little people in your head won’t let you rest until you’ve given them a voice.
And when it comes to that voice, make sure it’s the best it can be. Read lots. Look at what you like, what you don’t like and why. Use that to hone your craft. Find fellow writers and form a group, help one another, bounce ideas around and open yourself up to feedback. Look out for publishing competitions— they can be a great way of getting your voice spotted by a future editor (this happened to me!). Don’t live in fear of rejection, don’t let your internal voice beat you down and stop you from putting words to paper. We all have to start somewhere.
Above all, don’t give up! Try, try and try again. You’ll be improving with every step you take. And believe me, getting “the call” makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it, I promise! Only you have the power to make your dream a reality, so go for it!
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