Writing Well

I’ve been on Twitter a lot lately, following indie authors.  And I want to support all those authors, but that comes with a caveat.  You have to write well in order for me to support you.  What does writing well mean to me?  A number of things, for sure.  First and foremost, is your book professionally edited (no spelling errors, typos etc).  Does your book come alive?  Are your characters fleshed out, and do you show the drama and action, not tell it.  Is your point of view consistent?  And so on.  A lot of newbie authors think that if their family and friends “like” what they wrote, then it must be good.  Not so, unfortunately.  Your family and friends won’t typically tell you the truth.  And more importantly, unless that person is a trained editor or agent, that person likely won’t understand the nuances of writing well.

So my intent with this blog is to point out some of those things, as well as other issues with writing and publishing.  We all want to succeed, let’s help each other get there!

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6 Responses to Writing Well

  1. rockfreak says:

    That’s why I don’t let my people read my work. (Apart from another friend that likes to write and I find her comments constructive.) They say it was good but won’t elaborate, say what exactly they liked or if there’s something wrong.

  2. Thanks for the comment. So true.

  3. mralking says:

    The downside that I’ve found with authors following you on twitter is that it becomes competitive in a sense. They are less inclined to support other authors which makes it a bummer.

    • That’s too bad, for sure. There are so many ways to help each other out, and so many readers out there, that authors shouldn’t worry about being competitive. Thanks for the comment!

  4. S.J. Wist says:

    I’ve found the opposite of authors helping other authors on Twitter, especially with indies. More often than not a tweet from an indie promoting themselves will be retweeted by a bunch of other indies and that in turn covers a huge network. Exposure for indies is everything and they often embrace every opportunity.

    • I’ve found it to be a mixed bag, but I’m glad you’re finding success with that. I think just general amount of authors trying to get noticed can become an issue. It challenges us authors to be great marketers as well. Thanks for the comment!

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