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As I usually say, a writer needs readers. A serious wordsmith thrives from this loyal support. Typically, an audience for a particular genre of writing would hang on to every word and relish the essence of the ideas skillfully crafted by the literary artist.
So why shortchange these readers with plagiarized paragraphs, misleading sentences, incorrect spellings, and a lack of understanding of the basic grammar rules that we should adhere to? Why not give them the best since they actually support a writer's endeavor?
How can one master this art and earn more loyal readers and increase one's finances?
Here are some helpful tips:
First: Don't punish yourself if you can't get the perfect word or sentence to complete an article or story.
True, that first draft doesn't usually come out right. I know. I've experienced that for countless times.
But that's not a reason to give up. And that is definitely NOT a reason to berate your abilities. That situation - no matter how many times it would happen to you - just goes to show that we have the power to revise, edit and proofread our work before sending out that masterpiece and hoping that it gets accepted and published by the right market.
Second: Subscribe, buy, or borrow Freelance Writing Books from nearby bookstores, online stores, and libraries.
Sure, it's simple. But does anyone do it at all? Perhaps a few. Why not join that small group and start making a difference?
Third: Check out what's already out there in Writing Magazines and other publications.
This would give you a working knowledge on what's hot, what's not, and what's missing. Concentrate on the latter. It would give you that golden opportunity to know what to offer when you make your pitch.
Fourth: Before you send out that manuscript, get a 2nd Draft Critique Service from those who know and understand how the market works.
Don't practice self-praise and raise that level to the highest heavens when you are not sure of what you are really saying. Don't show it to everyone and claim that it was a really good write-up and you are just so darn exceptional. lol! I don't know about you but I have to admit that this act would merely be making others sick. And it would truly look pathetic. Besides, that would merely distort your mental abilities in really seeing your written work's true worth and substance.
One more thing: Don't just ask anyone!
Well-meaning friends, family and colleagues may tell you it's good, but is it worth publishing? Sure, they may even show their support by clicking on the LIKE button a million times if you post it on facebook or any social networking site. But are you sure it would sell like pancakes? If not, get a second opinion from a seasoned pro.
I've been writing for a couple of years, and I'm happy to have a short list of published works. But it doesn't mean that I don't have setbacks. I do.
You see, it pays to work on things over and over again.
As I usually tell myself, "Don't be a professional for one day. Be a professional for the duration of your chosen passion. If this is your passion, then work at it until you see your ideas become a literary masterpiece that would be loved by many."
Learning the art is a step-by-step process. So work on the things that need your attention.
I'll see you next post! ;-)