What Do You Wish You Knew When You Started Writing?

Hello, lovely reader-writers! The Writersaurus has recently participated in a blog round-up post over on Writely Me answering the question, “What do you wish you had known when you first started writing?”. Please check it out, and also read some of their other posts–I found “Why Readers Can Relate to Your Characters” to be especially insightful. You should also sign up for their newsletter, and join their Facebook group.

Now, an assignment for you. Usually at the start of a new year we look to the future, and begin planning all the amazing things we will do next year. If we look to the past at all, it’s to note how we failed the previous years’ goals. In our fervor to close the deficit between where we are and where we hope to be, we fail to appreciate how far we have come. Having an answer to the question “what do you wish you had known when you first started writing?” implies that you know something now that you didn’t know then. This means you have grown.

So, ask yourself, what do I know now that I didn’t know when I started? Make a list and tape it to the wall above your writing desk, or keep it in your wallet to pull out whenever you’re feeling unaccomplished. And let us know your answers in the comments.

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H. Duke writes fantasy, horror, and more. Her works include the weird west / urban fantasy serial mashup, Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer and the Christmas horror collection, Things on the Shelf: Three Tales of Christmas Terror, as well as the forthcoming Pagewalker series. She wrote the first season of Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer while living in Arizona with her husband, Giru, and a shiny black dog named Jupiter. To see what she's up to now, visit her website.

1 comment for “What Do You Wish You Knew When You Started Writing?

  1. Donald Bell
    February 16, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    I wish when I read your blogs that you would give brief examples of what your topic entails. Everyone has their own ideas and those ideas are perhaps not what you, the writer are meaning when you write.
    A short sentence leads the thoughts of the reader to your goal.
    It is always disturbing to read something and wonder what the hell does this mean?

    My thanks,
    DB

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