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Tips From a First Time Author

Posted by inkpop on May 7, 2010

Ever wonder what it takes to publish your first novel? Well wonder no more. Phoebe Kitanidis, author of the new book Whispers, has some writing tips for you!

Photo Credit: Dani Weiss Photography

1. Find yourself a power group.

Forge your own community of four or five writer buds, supportive people who take writing as seriously as you do. Give your new group a name (really… it helps!) and meet once a week, online of off, for critique or shoptalk. You’ll feel a surge of inspiration after every meeting.

2. Listen to your gut.

Your subconscious is your partner in writing, so don’t ignore your partner’s feedback. Notice your physical response to your words as you type them: when something jars or rings false, you’ll feel it before you go too far in the wrong direction. On the other hand, when you get that quickening pulse or deep shiver, you know you’re onto something amazing.

3. Accept the challenge.

Every book you write will challenge you. Instead of feeling inadequate or frustrated because it never gets any easier, accept that writing books is tough for everyone. Be proud that you’re someone who perseveres anyway, and who actually enjoys learning and growing and becoming a stronger writer with every project.

4. Remember, it’s your world.

When you’re struggling to get your character from point A to point B, keep this in mind: if the higher truth of your story demands it, you can always change the landscape, the situation, the timing, the outline, or anything else you please.

Cover Design by Tom Forget

Want to hear more from Phoebe Kitanidis? Check out her live chat Monday May 10th at 5 p.m. EST on inkpop.

One Response to “Tips From a First Time Author”

  1. Narnia Fan said

    Thank you for posting these tips, I found them very helpful!

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