Tips for Writers
to write is not writing. Outlining... researching, talking
to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing.
Writing is writing." E.
a habit of writing. Keep a journal. Always have a
project in progress. If you can't write a lot, then write
are you scared to talk about? That may be the very thing
that you need to write about.
a writer's group. Being around others who are writing encourages
you to keep going.
Read books within the genre you wish to publish. Read
books on the writing life. Read just for the sheer pleasure
of it. Some of my favorites:
You Want to Write, by Brenda Ueland
on Alligators, by Susan Shaugnessy
Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
about the things that capture your interest and stir your passion
but be sure to ask the hard question - "Who will pay money
to read this?" - in order to identify a market for your work.
be envious. There's enough for everybody. Your progress
won't be diminished by someone else's success.
attention to that still, small voice. That's the best guide
for figuring out what the next step is.
Jones is the author of TAMBOURINE MOON, BETWEEN BLACK
WOMEN: LISTENING WITH THE THIRD EAR, and PRIVATE LESSONS:
A BOOK OF MEDITATIONS FOR TEACHERS. Her plays have been
seen on stages in New York, California, and Washington, D.C. Her
play, OUTDOOR RECESS, won first place in the Promising Playwrights
Contest and was produced by Colonial Players in Annapolis, Maryland.
Joy Jones is also the director of The Spoken Word Performance
Box 29316 - Washington, DC 20017 - (202) 832-2368 -
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