More ABCs for the New Writer - F-J


If you are a new writer and you missed the A-E tips be sure to review them to get you started in your writing career.


F is for fear. 


It can be scary to begin a new endeavor. It's normal. But if it paralyzes us to the point of not moving forward, we will never be a successful writer.


Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you trying to be perfect? Nothing is perfect. 
  • Are you afraid of rejection? What one publisher rejects, another will accept.
  • Are you afraid of change? Me, too! You have to do it anyway. Watch what happens
G is for grammar.

Brush up on your grammar. A poorly written cover letter or query tells all. Be meticulous or else you may find your article or transcript submission passed over.


Thanks to the internet, grammar help is one click away.This site gives you 10 websites to assist you.


H is for hook.


To get your reader's attention and hold it, you've got to hook them with the first sentence.


Whether you are writing a book, magazine article, or resume - that first sentence is critical.


Start with a question, use descriptive words, or make the reader curious with some missing details.

  • Do you want to get in shape without going to the gym?
  • Swirling, sparkling snowflakes appeared to fall in slow motion under the yellow glow of the street lamp.
  • The air was thick with rotting garbage. We were afraid to find out what was behind the vine covered door.
I is for inspiration.

Sometimes we reach for the stars when there is no place like home.


What I mean is there is plenty to write about in your own life. You may not be aware of it.


My daughter is a photographer. When she met with the owner of a wedding site, the conversation revealed what her passion was: photographing children and families. It's not that she couldn't do weddings well, but she never realized what really inspired her and she had been doing it all along.


What are your experiences? 


What do you enjoy doing? 


Start out writing what you know. You will be amazed how effortlessly the words flow!


It doesn't stop there. In time, your interests will broaden and you will learn more about what interests you. I recently decided to take an online course on resume writing. I had done a few in the past for myself and family and enjoyed doing it. When I first started writing 4 years ago it wasn't in my mind. Recently, a resume job was posted on one of the job boards and it got me thinking. I live in proximity of 4 colleges. Advertising would be a breeze. And oh my goodness I like writing resumes! So, here we go!


J is for job boards.

As you work consistently, you are sure to connect with successful writers and authors online. I am thankful for them directing me toward reputable sites.

Freelancewriting.com is one of those valuable sites. Here is where you will find some tried and true job boards  to assist you in looking for freelance work.

Looking at job boards every day is part of a good routine for a successful writing career. I am amazed at the need for writers. It never ends. You are sure to find something you can do. Even if you are not sure, go for it anyway. You will feel accomplished as you regularly apply for jobs.

Next month we'll look at K - O. Stay tuned!

Please leave feedback in the comment section if you are a new writer and have tried one of my tips that have helped you.

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After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' ArkYou can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts http://kathleenmoulton.com








4 comments:

  1. Kathleen, great writing tips! Love the ABC series. These five are so helpful to new and seasoned writers and each one is essential.

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  2. I especially love the hooks, Kathy. May try an adaptation of the third one. And that's the perfect image for someone like me. I always waste hours and days chattering with fear before I force myself to get down to actually writing.

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  3. I especially love the hooks, Kathy. May try an adaptation of the third one. And that's the perfect image for someone like me. I always waste hours and days chattering with fear before I force myself to get down to actually writing.

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  4. Thanks, Karen and Anne for your comments.

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