I’m tackling interview questions for my November/December blog tour. Yes, I know its 2 months away, but I’ve told you before that I’m a geek. I always had my homework and term papers done way ahead of time. Otherwise I can’t think because I feel like Wile E. Coyote with an anvil poised over his head.
Anyway, the best piece of advice I can give any beginning writer is to join a writers’ organtization. Yesterday I attended the Liberty States Fiction Writers meeting. I can’t describe how good it felt to mingle with other writers, to have them cheer when I held up the gorgeous ARC (advanced reader copy) of my debut novel, She Can Run, to pick the brains of the experienced authors in the group. (Thank you, Caridad Pineiro, yet again.)
Writing is a solitary life, but writers need to leave their writing caves and mingle with other humans occasionally. But books are about people and relationships and the outside world. How do we write about these things if we’re holed up in our PJs guzzling coffee and muttering to the dogs for months on end? Professional organizations also provide important resources to help writers in all states improve their craft, learn to promote, and talk about what happening in the business. Liberty States Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America have both been instrumental in helping me with my career.
So, that’s my big piece of advice: join a professional organization. For those of you with experience in the writing world, what advice can you give to beginning writers? For the newbies out there, what’s your biggest obstacle?
If anyone has other writing organizations they’d like to list here, go for it!