Authors tend to have a little more determination toward success than many career minded people because of all the “rejections” that come at us along the way. Those rejections, as cold and heartless as they may seem, can be the fuel that gives us the strength to keep fighting to be accepted, or they can become the disturbing factor that makes us want to give up and quit writing.
But that is not an option.
We must NEVER give up because we WILL succeed if we keep at it.
When we’ve written a couple of books and we believe that they’re good, we want them to sell, but sadly, the market is flooded with books of every genre and our book often gets lost in the crowd, so to speak. We become discouraged and wonder if there is any point to writing another book.
Yes, there IS a point and we need to keep pressing toward the goal of success!
Then we ask, is it me? Is it my poor imagination? Poor writing skills? Bad taste in a storyline? What is it that forces my book to stay on the shelf and collect dust while a book like Fifty Shades of Gray flies off the shelf with record-breaking sales?
There are a lot of reasons why some books sell and others don’t. Timing is a crucial consideration so we have to study the market to know what books are in demand and those are the books we should be concentrating on. We don’t all have the same ambition to dare to defy the underlying rules of publication and write books like the above mentioned one, so we need to do two things: keep writing and submitting AND keep polishing our writing skills along the way.
So, how do we polish our writing skills without paying a fortune for college courses or personal tutoring? We join writing groups and learn from everyone’s experiences and knowledge. There are physical local community groups that we could search out, and there are online writing groups that we can join and learn from in the comfort of our own home.
LinkedIn is one of the largest online business networks in the world and it’s the perfect base to plant ourselves and grow. There are numerous writing groups that we can join where various discussions will teach us more than we imagined about writing anything from poetry to flash fiction to short stories to full length novels. One such group is the Aspiring Writers Short Story Competition and Discussion group.
This group is filled with new and experienced writers who are passionate about their work. There are discussions about every aspect in writing short stories and flash fiction, as well as books. And one thing this group offers is a monthly writing competition where the winners are published in a yearly anthology…and number three is coming up.
Not only is there the monthly writing competition, but there are other fun challenges, as well. There is also an ongoing critique discussion where writers can present a story and have it critiqued by other educated and experienced writers. It’s the perfect opportunity for writers to submit their work and learn how to improve their writing skills.
If you’re not already a part of this wonderful group of writing enthusiasts, then I invite you to join today because we all need to be encouraged to fulfill the dream that’s in us. Often it’s just the lack of writing skills that prevents us from making it to the top, and so if we can perfect those skills, learn how to respond to writing competitions and accept constructive criticism, then we are on our way to success.
And if you want to learn about other writing competitions and know how to write professionally so you can submit a story to them, you’ll learn all about them in this group. You will get a good understanding of what you’re lacking and you’ll learn how to improve your writing and your presentation. This is crucial because whether you realize it or not, publishers are watching everything you write online!
Support groups like this are all around us and we need to find them so we can benefit from them. When we work together, we can learn from each other. When we share our knowledge, we can support each other. And when we care enough to be part of a great writing group, we will make friends who will inspire and encourage us.
If you have a desire to write and a creative mind to generate a great story, do not let it slip by. Instead, perfect your writing skills. Join a writing group and learn what the professionals already know. And don’t put it off because YOU just may be the next best-selling author in the making!