This person that has encouraged us to explore a talent, or even something we love. They see it from the side of the coin of helping us achieve our dreams and become a happier person.
Sometimes along the way, we switch them into the critique category thinking that somehow their motivation for our success will translate into great advice. Truth is, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.
This is true in our quest to be a writer as well. Our encouragers inspire us to take risks and practice our talent, but it is important that we recognize their role in our journey.
We need that circle of encouragers to get us to step out, but then we need practice, actual talent, critique from experts, and study of the craft of writing to succeed.
Let’s take a peak at what happens when we expect our encouragers to be our only feedback and voice along the journey:
Wow, they were not ready for the limelight. Unfortunately, their well-meaning encouragers missed the importance of helping them seek knowledgeable feedback in the industry they were working on. Someone who didn’t stand to lose anything if they were honest.
How about you? Do you have those encouragers that got you started on your dream? I hope so. But don’t forget the valuable steps you must take to be ready to share your writing voice.
Things You Should Do Before Sharing Your Writing Voice in a Submission:
1. Find a circle of encouragers. This is necessary for everyone. You need to have someone in your corner to deal with the rejection that sometimes comes in this industry.
2. Write. Write. Write. Before you submit your work to an editor or agent, you should have a completed manuscript. Spend a lot of time writing so your voice can begin to emerge.
This will better prepare you for upcoming opportunities. Not only will it keep you from making embarrassing mistakes, but it will teach you how best to present your work.
Resources I recommend every writer reads before submitting their work:
A Few More I Highly Recommend:
4. Find a critique partner. Find someone you can critique with who is skilled enough in the craft to give you feedback that grows your writing. Also, set some ground rules to encourage honesty while building each other up.
5. Submit your work to a reputable contest. Contests will give you feedback from those more skilled in the industry who can help you identify areas you still need to work on. A few contests I recommend are the Genesis Contest, the First Impressions Contest, the Frasier Contest, and the Rattler Contest.
What do you think every writer should do before submitting their work to an editor or agent?