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1. Does not learn the business.Writing is a tough business and there are plenty of contenders out there who are willing to go the extra mile and study this field. You don't have to be an einstein or even a great literary scholar, However,You must learn the basic aspects of this business and the options available to you.

2. Does not have Faith in his or herself.A writer who does not believe in himself can never sell a story to someone else. You must believe in what you write. You must write your story as if it were apart of you. If you don't believe it, no one else will either.

3. Does not accept Constructive criticism.A writer who wears his feelings on his shirt sleeves will set himself up for failure. As with all things writing is a buisness and business can only boom when you have the tenacity to change your perspective about what you write, and how you write it. You must have the ability to read your text from a readers point of view, when your work has been critiqued; Learn to take criticism and then use it to your advantage.

4. Does not re-read and re-edit.Many writers use gramerical english, but in reality most readers enjoy reading a novel in the format in which they speak. Write the book first, complete it and then go back and change gramerical errors or keep them depending on the context and subject matter.

5. Is afraid to be different: Too many writers like to stay in the mainstream, but that story has been written, told and read a thousand times, same old story -different writer, different version. Learn to be creative. Write a unique piece of work that nobody has read or re-written over and over again. The story hasn't been told until you tell it from your point of view.

6. Don't accept "No" for an answer, Write and send your work out. Even if it comes back it generally comes back with advice and critiques, use those tools and create lemonaide out of lemons, or as my sister would say: take that stumbling block and make it a stepping stone honey". I wrote over thirty books before I finally found my nitch.

7. Never, ever give up. Everyone has a story to tell, you just have to find the right words in which to tell it. Learn how to hold your audiences attention, give them a reason to keep reading and give them a reason to keep coming back. I read Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark hunter series, why? Sherrilyn Kenyon is a great writer. After reading one of her books I went out and bought the other 12-15 novels in her dark hunter series ( and to make my point: I don't even like the genre she writes in- but I love her writing skills and the way she can weave a story). Why: Because Sherrilyn Kenyons knows how to captivate her reader, how to hold their attention and have them salivating for the next novel. The more you write the better you become at it. If writing is your dream, then never give up.

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Comment by Regina Smith-White on December 27, 2009 at 15:42
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Comment by Dianne Walker on December 28, 2009 at 18:18
Great information. Thank you so much for the post. It's funny though - no matter how many times I re-read something - I always miss a minor detail. Someone once shared - if you think you're slow in catching mistakes now...go back and look at something you wrote 5 years ago ---the horror!!!

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