|What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Donít leave this world with the music still in you. If you have a passion to write, sit down and do it! Take a tiny note book with you everywhere and jot down your ideas. The difference between a writer and a published author is that the later actually did the writing, rather than thinking or talking about it. Above all, write. I canít think of anything that brings more personal satisfaction than seeing the result of your creative efforts in print. Even though the traditional publishing world is undergoing enormous upheaval, these days there are more opportunities than ever before to get published. Soul Wingsģ Press has helped many authors get their stories into print. Never give up!
Know your worth and dust it off and show them! You never know what will happen if you hide your talent.
I really think you should show someone.. someone close to you whose opinion matters to you.
Never throw them out! You could be throwing out the next best seller and not know it! Read them, improve them maybe even fuse them together. But definitely don't throw them.
I want to share a quote that I truly believe and that everyone should remember.
'A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.' - Richard Bach
Re-read them! They might be better than you remembered...
Bring them out and revise to your satisfaction. Then let someone whose opinion you trust read them critically. Then publish them on one of the on-line writing sites and use the critiques to guide your revisions. Once you have them written to your satisfaction, test the waters for publishing them, either traditionally or self-publishing or on-line.
I initially wrote the core material for Aldric & Anneliese's plot as a series of storoems (story poems) in 2003. I revisited them years later and made them into a prose novel by adding considerably to the story. Some eight years later, they are now published as a prose book.
Try to look at them objectively. If there are some that you are especially impressed with, let someone else read them. But don't let that someone else be your mother, or your sister, or your cousin, or your illiterate neighbor, or your best friend -- unless your best friend also happens to be a writer whose judgment and knowledge you respect. The only worthwhile opinions are going to come from someone who knows writing. That means your reviewer should be a writer or an editor with some professional credentials in your particular genre. Not an easy task. But one worthwhile if you're serious about your work.
I use a two pronged attack with my stories - never from one source. I have two concepts that I landslide together...maybe your old ones just need to be submerged with something else? Then you'll want them to be read by everyone when they're ready!!
I use a two pronged attack with my stories - never from one concept. Two ideas that I landslide together...maybe your old ones just need to be joined with something else and when they're ready you will want everyone to read them!
Well, I gotta be honest. Im pretty blunt. Either grow a set and take a chance, or keep on asking this question while the works collect dust. The choice is yours! The chance is yours to take or miss. If you dont play the hand, you will never know if it could have won.
Hang on to it. Revisit it after a while and try again. One of my manuscripts (my safety book, The Safe Approach) took 10 years to publish. Its all about putting the right idea in front of the right person at the right time.
Re-read them. You never know what might attract the muse! Happy writing!
The biggest drive for professional baseball players is to get out on the field and play. They want to show the fans their talent and hit a home run. You need to develop that attitude to be a writer. Not seen is not found.
Put it out and let the people chose what they feel.
Put them on weblog. It gives you pleasure and satisfaction
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