I have been writing to some degree as early as I could hold a pencil and turn the pages of a book. My mom says I used to have to write something every night before bedtime. I think I got the real bug to write since around the double digits and by 11 or 12 had finished my first novel (handwritten) and promised my sweet Amish grandma that I'd write her life story someday.
Fast forward over twenty years and I'm amazed at the journey God has brought me through. What I love about the path toward writing and publication is that it looks different for everyone. If you have publishing aspirations it won't look like my journey, it will be unique to you.
If you're not sure where to get started, here are a few quick tips depending on the level that you're at:
1-Not sure about the writing process or even if you really want to be a writer? Start with something that can aide in the writing like My Book Therapy's Book Buddy. Not a huge investment but once you take a look at this workbook and get your ideas on paper and start writing, you might have an idea if this is something you're really interested in. Take some time to just look around that whole site: My Book Therapy. Lots of helpful resources!
2-So, you love to write. Either have a book written, or are writing, or have a few characters in your head that won't stop bothering you until you get them on paper? Definitely give #1 the Book Buddy a shot also and join American Christian Fiction Writers or ACFW. If you are an inspirational writer, ACFW is the resource for you. You'll get things from online workshops, an email loop delivering amazing current info right into your inbox, an amazing annual conference this year to be held in Indianapolis, and, last but not least, local chapters! Take this time to LEARN everything you can about your craft!
3-Maybe you already have a book done, you've honed your craft...definitely join ACFW and go to the annual conference in September (this year it's in Indianapolis), it is THE place to meet many of the big inspirational fiction writers, agents and publishers in our field. You'll also learn how to write a query and a proposal and get noticed in the industry. ACFW has made all the difference for me in my writing. It is where I met my agent, Natasha Kern! You could be next!
No matter what stage you are in the world of writing and publication...never stop learning. I heard an interview with Francine Rivers recently and she said how she still strives to learn more and more about the craft of writing...she's been writing for decades! If she still needs to learn...so do I! I'm still such a newby in this publishing world but I do hope these few tips are an encouragement to those of you who are ready to follow your dream of writing.
Showers of Blessings,