|By Antonio Litterio
- If you want to be published, never lose sight of your readership. Write in a way that’ll engage your audience. Know who you’re aiming for. A fourteen-year old boy won’t be reading the same thing as his middle-aged grandmother. Even if he was, the language would need to be different. But whatever you write, pour your heart and soul into it. Believe in your work, and so will your readers.
- Once you’ve decided who your audience will be, concentrate your literary firepower. Direct it straight toward your reader, as though you were telling them a story, face-to-face. Make sure you put your own writing pleasure before profit. If you can sit back after finishing a piece and say “I really enjoyed doing that!” you’ll never need to sell a word - unless the bailiffs are hammering at your door.
- Never pad out your writing with pointless description or backstory. If you’ve written a trilogy but two-thirds of it is info-dump, distill your work into a single title instead. It’s not lowering your sights, it’s improving your work and upping your game. Remember: make every word a wanted word - but never delete anything. Catalogue it, and save in a way you can easily find it again. You never know when that extract or nugget of research will come in handy.
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