You can’t go wrong studying other great writers and great writing technique.
You are a brilliant writer.
But not everyone realises it yet.
What to do?
One of the great truths of writing is that however brilliant you may be, getting someone to read and appreciate your work requires contact with other human beings. I don’t mean publishers and agents, important as they are; but writers; editors; critics; and other, often annoying, people who give you advice on how to improve, polish and market your fiction.
George Orwell: another inspirational author (see below)
Here are two sources of such contacts.
First, I recently had the good fortune to hear the writer Paul McVeigh reading from his debut novel The Good Son in Izmir (the link goes to a goodreads site with rave reviews). He was inspiring and entertaining, and mentioned his blog, which gets a staggering 40,000+ hits a month. Check it out: once you’ve penetrated the odd format (my tip: sort by author) it is packed with awesome material, from competitions to stories to reviews to job offers.
Second, Paul is part of something called the Word Factory, subtitled “The Home of the Short Story” (learning point: sell yourself constantly). Again, the site brims with ideas about short stories, as well as stories themselves – even if, personally, I found the clacking typewriter noises on the home page a bit irritating.
I defy you to watch Tania Hershmann reading from her short story which begins “My mother was an upright piano”, ten seconds into the video at the link above, without smiling.
For other resources, you may enjoy “how to write” – one of my most popular blogs (links in bold italics are to others posts on this website).
People have also clicked furiously on “2 sets of brilliant tips on how to write“, which quotes George Orwell on style, and Henry Miller on productivity.
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