Rob and Trish MacGregor been professional writers for thirty years and have seen the ups and downs in the publishing industry. In this blog, we hope to cover some of the nuts and bolts of publishing, from the perspective of writers, as well as the creative process itself.
Years ago when we started out as magazine writers, we had a list of reminders posted on the walls in front of our desks. These reminders still hold true:
1. Believe in yourself and what you're writing. If you don't believe, no one else will either.
2. Be generous toward other writers. If you can help out a fellow writer in some way, do so.
3. Read, read, read. If you don't read novels, it will be difficult to write one.
4. Write daily, even if it's just a paragraph.
5. If you don't have something positive to say about a book, then don't say anything at all. It's easy to be a critic; anyone can be nasty in 500 words or less.
6. Don't give up just because you get rejections. All it takes is one editor who loves your story. Besides, if you give up, you'll never know what you might have achieved as a writer.