All sorts of writing tips can be found on the internet. Some are worth your time, and some are not. The best advice is to keep reading, learning, writing, and trusting your instincts. At some point, you will also need someone you can trust to help you develop your writing skills.
Be proactive about your unique journey
There are many paths to the same goal. I chose to study a university program, because I knew I needed a structured environment to learn the basics. I also knew I needed to interact with other writers who were serious about writing. This provided a middle ground where I felt safe enough to experiment with my work. Your journey won’t be the same. Take the plunge, trust what feels right for you, and take the steps that will bring you closer to your goal.
Supercharge your creativity
Be ready for the surprises your imagination throws at you. If you are lucky enough to have a mentor who will read your work regularly and give critical feedback, that would be ideal.
If this is more than a hobby for you and you feel you’re ready, you can employ a professional editor to help you improve your manuscripts. Finding an editor is difficult, and it can have disastrous results if you choose the wrong person.
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For Australian publications, I use the Macquarie Dictionary and the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edition); for US publications, I use the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I can also edit according to your own defined style, and I can create style sheets for consistency throughout the manuscript.
I was uncertain when it came to editors, as the last editor I used didn’t tell me where I went wrong or what should be fixed up. Then I met Georgia, and she led me in the right direction. It was uplifting, and my faith in editors has been renewed. I know that finding a great editor is a little daunting because you have just put all your time and effort into something that is valuable to you. But believe me, it is worth having your work looked over by someone professional. Thanks Georgia for making my dreams believable. You rock!! And I look forward to working with you some more. Cheers.
—Wanika Fazekas, Author of Contemporary Romance Ella.
Developmental and structural edits: AUD$0.0618 per word (includes researched report as to whether the book will meet audience expectations and provides a comparison of similar books in the market). The structural edit works from this report so that you can be sure that after you’ve published the book, sales will be maximized. There are no guarantees in publishing, but this is one way you can minimize your risk. If you’re intending to pitch your novel to an agent or publisher, this type of information will be useful.
Copyedits: AUD$0.0255 per word
Proofreading: AUD$0.0170 per word
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