It's an amazing concept to me, that I've always been a writer. Ever since I could write at the age of five years old, it's consumed me. But only last year did I decide I want to really share my work. I really wanted to be published and enter "that world." I love reading, it's right up there with writing and teaching, but I realized I want to be on the other side. I want to be the author writing these incredible stories that so desperately need to be told, and hook readers in. I want them to be talking about my stories for ages and for my book to have made a difference in their life, like so many books have changed mine.
I am trying to read "how to" books on getting published, writing more efficiently, grammar, etc. But the biggest tool is just to write. Oh and did I mention reading even more than I already do now? I can't be picky either; to be successful, you have to read outside of the preferable genre that you like to take shelter in. That way you can see the different styles of writing. It's fantastic. The whole process truly is.
I'm on WriteOnCon and my page is: J_Ruud. It's a great way to work with other writers and for critiquing. That's what I truly need: a critique partner. I need someone to flat out say, "Wow, that's terrible, but try this..." That would come in handy and I need that aid. So hey, if anyone is looking for a writing partner or some help, please contact me!
I feel like I have so much more to learn, and not just with writing, but entering the writing world. I know it just takes time and the more I read, go to conferences, meet authors, meet other writers, write, etc. I'll understand the concept a lot clearer.
How did you all get started with writing? What tools do you all use? I'm very interested. Also a question I wanted to ask writers, what POV do you like writing in more? 1st or 3rd? I actually like 3rd more, but I think there are pros and cons with each of them.
Enjoy your weekend writers!