Quick Tips for Writers…

Here’s a list of resources and ideas that you can implement on your journey to perfecting your craft, publishing and networking.

  1. Read newsletters- Read any newsletter you can get your hands on, they offer a wealth of information in terms of new info and updates on publishers. Two examples of great newsletters are Children’s Writer and Children’s Book Insider.
  2. Read Guidelines-Never send anything to anyone without reading the specified guidelines…otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and your manuscript could end up in the recycle bin.
  3. Visit Bookstores-Check out current issues magazines in your genre and ask about what’s new in store. Find out what kids and adults are buying. Spend some time studying what the bestsellers are and why.
  4. Use the Internet-There is SO much valuable information available to writers on the internet! Visit blogs, social networking, e-mail other writers and sign up for writing groups on-line. This will keep you on the pulse of the writing world and you’ll be able to do some self promotion as well.
  5. Attend a Writing Workshop/Conference-These are SO FUN! I’ve been to a few over the past couple of months and have met some great people who are really talented. Workshops and conferences offer a chance to connect with other writers and to have your work critiqued. It is invaluable in terms of gaining insight into what’s working and what’s not in your current manuscript. Plus, you never know who can help you and who you can help in terms of networking.
  6. Network-Get yourself together with as many like minded people and great things will happen. You could meet the right contact who know the perfect illustrator for your book, or perhaps you’ll meet someone who can offer editing services, or you might just meet a publisher or agent that can take your book all the way to the top!

Most of all, enjoy being an author; It’s one of the greatest freedoms in the world to be able to tell your story in your own way.

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Network! You never know who you’ll meet…

Welcome…

I’d like to welcome you to my blog and say that I am so excited to embark on this adventure together. I look forward to blogging about my journey as an author as well as the whole process of rejection letters, self-publishing, marketing my book and more. I’ll share writing exercises, great advice that I’ve received, workshop tricks and tips and some of my own short stories.

Thanks for joining me and for listening to the ideas in my mind that eventually make it onto paper. Let’s get started!

The name of this website is called myguidedpen.com for a reason. A while back I went to a tarot card reader and she asked if I had ever done an exercise called…you guessed it, a guided pen. I had no idea what she was talking about! She explained the process and I’ve used it ever since with a few tweaks of my own. Here’s how to get started:

  • Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Get a beautiful notebook (this will serve as your idea book that you can refer back to from now on)
  • Get a pen

Close your eyes and take a deep breath in a comfortable sitting position. Feel the rhythm of your chest and slowly relax your body. Listen to the silence for one minute. Open your eyes and start writing down everything, and I mean absolutely everything, that enters your mind. DO NOT EDIT! This exercise is supposed to get your creative juices flowing and expand your mind. Write until all of the thoughts you’ve had are on paper. Refer back to the thoughts later in the day or the next day or whenever you have time and use them as story starters or topics to write about. Don’t worry if the ideas you have don’t make sense yet, some you’ll use and others you’ll discard but at the end of it all, you’ll have some great information that could be the subject of your next best seller! Do this as often as you’d like or whenever you have writer’s block. It works for me and I know that it will work for you!

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