The question I’m most frequently asked is: How can I get published?
There aren’t any mystical ingredients, no closely guarded publishing secrets. But there are certain practical steps which make
The facts and tips I provide are only the tip of the iceberg of the immense amount of information that’s available on writing. But they are what I know; and the steps I've taken to have a variety of books published and translated.
Emerging writers are often so busy wanting to have a life as a writer that they forget they have to have a life to write about.
So here are a few exercises to get you started
Set aside fifteen minutes. Put on a favourite a piece of music - soothing works better than heavy metal. Writing in longhand, describe a situation in your life that you are currently trying to metabolise. If nothing comes to mind, listed are a few key ideas:
- Coping with my boss’s moods
- My anger at my sister/brother/mother/father/best friend/lover/husband
- Dealing with toddlers/teenagers
- Living with my lover/husband/wife
- Should I buy that Harley Davidson/mountain bike/skateboard/designer outfit?
Well done. You’ve crossed the first hurdle. Those scenarios are all tension-making. If you can get into the habit of writing tension-laden rather than internal-dialogue heavy fiction, you’re halfway there.
If you wish you may send your exercise to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll comment on and publish the best.