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Get Serious about Writing

If you have written, with the idea of publishing of your work, then you have entered the craft stage of writing. Good for you — ambition may be your starting point but ambition can't be improved. On the other hand, honing your craft can raise your work to excellence. Here are some tips to chew on:

LEARN: We all develop mindsets, based on what we see or hear or talk about… (more)

IMITATE: Shakespeare mashed up tragedy with comic relief; Goethe plumbed the depths of the soul. Those techniques may be useful to your story — or not. (more)

AUDIENCE: You may think that you've done enough after wringing out your soul on paper month after month, and plopping down a "finished" manuscript. But what sets a publisher's heart aglow (more)

AFFINITIES: Whatever your subject or story, pay attention to which writers, editors, and publishers are in your arena. Someone has plowed this field before (or one nearby). (more)

PUBLISHERS: You will probably never see or talk to a book publisher directly. In many houses, a young intern (more)

WRITING: Don't assume that a book editor will actually edit your MS. "Why?" you ask.(more)

POINT: You've produced a lot of material; it may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography. Have a story to tell. (more)

VOICE: What's voice got to do with writing? (more)

EDITING: Can you see with an editor's eye? (more)

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PETER GARCIA, visiting profes­sor at the Univer­sity of Califor­nia, Santa Barbara, Spanish and Portu­guese Department

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My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed."
—Mark Twain

Fundamentally, we read imaginative literature in order to change and evolve as people, and the text that opens and supports that process has great value for us… We read literature … to submit ourselves to the process of change and transformation that is at base what reading is about. —Robert C. Davis