Practical Advice for Aspiring Authors

BECOME A MEMBER OF A WRITING GROUP

A membership shows a writer is invested and dedicated, plus the benefits are invaluable.
A couple I recommend are:

 

ATTEND WRITING CLASSES

There’s always something new to learn so take advantage of opportunities to hone your skills. Some good places to start are:

JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP

A good critique group will offer feedback, encouragement, and accountability.

Here’s some helpful info on how to find the right critique group for you:

CONNECT WITH FELLOW WRITERS

Writing doesn’t have to be isolating. A writer can gain motivation and support from like-minded creatives through local writing organizations as well as on social media. For instance:​​

PARTICIPATE IN CHALLENGES & CONTESTS

Participating in challenges and contests helps develop skills and is good practice for putting yourself out there. Some examples:

 

READ, READ, READ

Reading can help a writer understand what works (and doesn’t work), it’s a great source for inspiration, and is essential to keeping current with market trends. Check out these blogs for picture book recommendations:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES