A Blueprint to Becoming a Published Writer

A big thank-you to my writing friend and colleague Darlene Reilley, for featuring my guest post called “A blueprint to becoming a published writer.” Darlene is unstintingly generous in her support of other writers. Thanks, Darlene!

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A Blueprint to Becoming a Published Writer by Theresa Barker

Hey, writers! I’m excited to announce a new guest post by Theresa Barker. Thanks, Theresa, for sharing your insight into writing and the writing life! Take it away, Theresa!

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A blueprint to becoming a published writer

Writing is one of those things you can do almost anywhere, unlike many other artistic endeavors.  Pick up a pen, flip open your laptop, and you’re in business.  It is a gloriously portable and immediate practice.  No need for a large studio space for painting/sculpting/crafting, no need to find a bunch of musician friends to start a band with.  You simply start to write.

Let’s talk about fiction.  Oh, and let’s include memoir with our consideration of fiction.  What does it take to become a published writer?

Step 1.  Write.  Your aim to build a body of work that demonstrates…

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18 thoughts on “A Blueprint to Becoming a Published Writer

  1. Wow! You are a fantastic writer. I learned so much from reading this, Theresa! I agree – using an exercise routine to help overcome writer’s block can be really helpful, and submitting to publishing markets and writing contests sounds like a great way to expand your audience. 🙂 Thanks so much for the tips!

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  2. It was great reading your write on Dar’s site Theresa. We could relate to each point especially #4, a good reading plan. We’ve found the more we read the more creative one can become. Wonder if its because our vocabulary and usage of words becomes unlocked.

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    1. Yes – I think it has to do with the learning coming at the moment when you need it. As you write, new problems come up that you need to try to manage – like creating a believable setting, or figuring out what might make a character change – and then as you’re reading, you notice what the author has done for that problem, which helps you learn how it could be done. Thanks, Tom & Audrey!

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