So, you want to write …
I’m frequently asked by would-be writers about some first steps to get started. It is such an important calling and can impact so many lives. I want to encourage you to keep pursuing this dream! But you have to put your bottom in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard and BEGIN. 🙂
Here are some things that might help:
- If you can purchase (or even check out from the library) a Christian Writer’s Market Guide (by Steve Laube), this is a great way to begin. It has in-depth information for new writers, including many places to send what you’ve written, along with guidelines for how to submit a piece. This is one of the most helpful tools you’ll ever have to get published and it has tons of useful information. I would definitely start by getting (and pouring over) this book.
- Attend a Christian Writer’s Conference if you get a chance! It is one of the best ways to get started and to find practical help and encouragement. Most regions of the country have their own CWCs, so Google to find information about one close to you. I have attended a few and found them so They have great classes and workshops, plus you can make appointment with editors from different publishing houses to “pitch” your writing ideas. This is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and get published. And one of the best Christian Writers’ Conferences in the country (in my humble opinion) is the Mt. Hermon Conference. I went to it a few years back and loved it. It’s pretty spendy but so excellent and beneficial.
- Join a local writer’s critique group. It’s a great way to develop your skills and to be encouraged by other writers. I’ve done this in the past, as well, and found it very beneficial. You might also consider writing some guest blog posts if you have a favorite blogger you follow that fits your style of writing. Most regular bloggers love to feature others from time to time and it’s a good way to get your feet wet in the writing world.
Here are some of my favorite resources with tons of useful information for beginning writers. These will be so helpful to you as you begin this journey!
Helpful Writing Books:
- The Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Steve Laube
- 2017 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Robert Lee Brewer (secular publishing guide—but helpful!)
- You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
- An Introduction to Christian Writing: An In-Depth Companion to the Complete Writing Experience by Ethel Herr
- Self-Publishing For Christian Leaders: Join the Self-Publishing Revolution, Maximize Sales, Share Your Message by Wayde Goodall
- The Making of a Christian Best Seller by Ann Byle
- Book Proposals That Sell by Terry Whalin
- Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing by Michelle Ruberg
- The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Robert Hudson
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
- The 11 Secrets of Getting Publishedby Mary DeMuth
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- Show, Don’t Tell by William Noble
- Michael Hyatt’s site (former CEO of Thomas Nelson): michaelhyatt.com. Put the word ‘writing’ in the search box and you’ll find all kinds of helpful information.
- Goinswriter.com – www.goinswriter.com
- Manuscript Evaluation and Editing Services: dianasavage.com
- Writer’s Digest site: writersdigest.com
- Northwest Christian Writers Association: nwchristianwriters.org
- Writing Resources – FW Media
- Children’s Books: write4kids.com
- Tricia’s Tips: http://www.triciagoyer.com/tips-for-new-writers/
- Right Writing site: right-writing.com
- Steve Laube (Literary agent): stevelaube.com/resources
- Joanna Weaver – My Writing Journey: joannaweaverbooks.com/about/my-writing-journey/
Google is a writer’s friend! 🙂
Check out “self-publishing” “blogging” “writing devotionals” or whatever bookish thing you want to explore!
I hope this helps a little, my friend. I am praying for you and cheering you on as you start this journey and as you continue to bless so many lives with your ministry!! God bless you as you pursue this wonderful gift of writing!