Since I don't have any super-inspirational, wisdom-filled articles or guests lined up for today, I decided to let all of you provide those things for this Wednesday's post. The question is:
What 3 things have helped you most on your writing journey?
You're welcome to mention more than 3, but try to give the top 3 somewhere in your answer.
For me, besides Molly, the author friend who kindly but honestly got me on course in the beginning and my retired English teacher mom, who is the source of my better-than-average grammar skills, my three would have to be:
1. Reading as much fiction as I can get my hands on - to get a feel for what does and doesn't work. (I've read well over 100 books in the last 15 mos, while writing 2 of my own.)
2. Learning and improving along the way, through critiques and articles like Final Revision Editing and The Verb Lottery. (I mean, seriously! I look at some of the first versions of my mss and shudder at how I used to write. And there's STILL room for improvement.)
3. Books on the craft.
So what about you? What has helped you most? And what advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?
*hands over the mic*