We all have memories--good and bad--of teachers who made us read books/assignments, negative reading experiences, negative writing experiences, positive publications, no reviews, some reviews. These memories can serve as stepping stones that better our careers, better us as a person.
One thing I caution over and over, write what you know. You will find it easier to put words on the paper if you know your subject. It's easy to formulate characters, what they look like, different aspects of their person. It's not so easy to sit down and put those thoughts on paper.
If you don't know your subject matter, your writing will show it. You will come off as ill-informed. Your sentences and paragraph transitions will not be good, nor will your character development or storyline.
Please, research what you are writing about...research it until it becomes part of you. Eat, sleep, and drink your research, then do it time and again until you believe what you read and it bleeds into what you write. Your story will thank you for that. You become a credible author, one readers long to read.
Take the time to read and ingest what you write. If it doesn't seem believable to you, how is it going to be that million dollar seller? How is it going to keep the interest of your readers? Readers long to have my creations in their hands, you say. Granted, there are some readers who follow authors so closely, they will read anything and not comment on how poorly it is generated. Don't be one of those authors. Be an author of credible, well-thought out stories with strong characters. Be that million seller.
May ushers in Spring, blooming trees and bulbs, new life, and so much more. It's the month to honor women/mothers, celebrate the accomplishments of high school and college graduates, remember those who've given their lives while in military service to our country.
With all of this happening, who's writing? Admittedly, things do seem to slow down about this time of the year in the literary world. Never fear...it will gear up again in June as new beach reads release and authors start thinking about holiday books.
Paper and pen (or computer and blank screen) are your friends. I encourage you to do character bios and chapter outlines...remembering to use the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How method. The more information you can get down, the more solid it will be. Soon you will find you have a strong foundation to build your story, create your fictional world.
Just a reminder to those of you still looking for an editor...I do have openings in June, July, and August, but slots are filling up fast. If you'd like to get on my calendar, please contact me as soon as possible so I can reserve time for your manuscript.
Looking foward to meeting and helping you create a stellar manuscript.
Until next month, keep writing!