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3 TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS
Join the writing community on twitter
One thing I've learned that I wish I would've known earlier is that there is an enormous support system for upcoming writers on twitter. If you do a search for #writingcommunity or any variation of that the tweets are endless and you can find people asking for criticism on pieces or just reposting pieces that they loved. I've found that like many other platforms that have a lot of hate, this one is just people working together and building each other up which is not that common anymore. It is one platform for any genre, any age, any style, literally anything and I love it. I've taken a large use out of what they call "writer lifts" where an already well-established writer asks for snippets or profile links for the newer members of the community to help them gain a larger following. I participated in my first writers lift and gained 50 followers in an hour, the potential from this community is unmatched.
It's ok to experiment
It's ok to not know exactly what you want to write. Maybe you like a lot of styles of writing but can't narrow it down to one, that's fine. Your writing is completely in your hands always and you can write in every style if you feel like it, try something new or stick to what you know, it's all completely up to you and that's the beauty of writing. I found that I am not good at short fictional stories but I only know that because I tried it, the worst that can happen is you don't like it and you never try that style again. The moral of this tip is don't put yourself in a box and limit what you can do, try what you want to try.
Stay true to yourself
Writing is away to express yourself and let your soul release itself onto a piece of paper, it's actually in my opinion one of the most beautiful things life has to offer. You can put your thoughts onto a piece of paper and make a masterpiece for other people and those of us who do this find a peace in it. The last tip I have to offer is to stay true to yourself while you write. There may be people who like your book but wish you would change the plot or even the entire character set up… don't. Write what you want because at the end of the day it has your name on it and when you look back you want it to be something you are proud of. Example: If someone wants George to die in your book but you want George to live then George stays alive. Simple as that 😊
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Thanks for posting, I will be looking for writing communities on twitter. I was looking for communities on facebook, and here obviously but I was discouraged by twitter. The twitter platform has always felt like a negative one, so I didn't really want to be crushed immediately after offering pieces of my work. I think you are right to try new things. I love to write, and I studied journalism in college. I ended up so drained by my final year, that I never want to be a journalist. I want to write, and that doesn't mean journalism. That was a hard lesson for me to accept. I am always trying to ground myself but maybe I shouldn't be. I have been interested in flash fiction, and fiction as well. I am kind of sampling everything and using this site as a portfolio of sorts. Eventually, it's probably good to narrow my interests down, but exploring is always good. So glad I read your post, thank you for posting.