Getting Started as a Writer Part 2: Breaking In

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  1. Shanel Yang says:

    Dustin, great post! I’ve struggled in the past with how to balance writing about more popular topics or in a more positive voice for my blog as opposed to experimenting with the kind of style that I want to develop most for my future novels and screenplays. For me, personally, I can’t do both “popular” posts and “authentic” voice posts. So, I’ve opted to go for the latter. It’s a strategic decision to bet on my growing unique writing skills to pay off in the end.

    Just as you advise us not to shoot too low if we are submitting articles for publication, I want to add that we shouldn’t waste our time or talent developing styles of writing that we don’t actually want to keep later in life just for a few extra bucks now — unless of course you really need it. But, I’d rather give up all my creature comforts for the next 20 years to end up writing like Bukowski than never get beyond, e.g., Stephen King (though he is fun to read).

    It’s all a question of how great you want to be — and how hard and long you are willing to work to get it. : )

  2. Sosha says:

    Now, starting from the top was something I have never ever thought of, nor read anywhere else.

    This is priceless advice, thank you!


  3. Jody Bryant says:

    Thank you so much, for this information. I think it is going to be alot of help to me.I have dreamed of writing all my life.And now I would like to give it a try.

  4. Cyndi says:

    Hi! I just found your blog today. I see that you recommend blogging. I’ve been blogging for quite a few years now. There have been many people who tell me that I should write a book. My question is this. I don’t put a lot of work into my blog. It’s lucky if I spell check it. It’s mostly just an on-line journal of my thoughts and posts to help keep in touch with family. I’m surprised that anyone actually reads it, but they do. It gets anywhere from 15 to 100 hits a days. And most read more than one page at a time. My question is, should I go back through what I’ve written on my blog before I refer a prospective publisher to it?

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