Thursday, September 15, 2011
Could Your Writing Career Use Training Wheels?
Most of us can remember riding our first bike. How our fear of falling and skinning our knees was cushioned by big training wheels that supported us, gave us balance, and courage.
As we grew in maturity and got a little experience under our belt, the wheels were removed and the level of speed increased, as did our level of excitement.
With the progression of time, we even learned to ride without holding on to both handlebars. But it took some time and effort.
In a similar way, aspiring and novice writers could benefit from a little “training and support”.
Unfortunately, many seeking to travel the creative path, mistakenly believe that all that is needed is to simply “suit up” and mount, and they will be able to navigate the road to success based upon sheer desire. Though it‘s not entirely impossible to do, these eager beavers will often encounter bumps, bruises, detours, and being “grounded“ literally and figuratively.
There’s a better way. There are many sources of support to today’s scribe to go the distance. Here are a few resources:
1. Mentors or Creative Coaches
Athletes hire coaches and trainers to achieve optimal levels of performance. Some singers do too. These individuals have experience and expertise that can guide students and help identify needed areas of improvement. Objectively.
2. Online Creative Classes
Writing classes are a way for writers of all levels to learn more and ultimately earn more. Teachers are often published authors themselves, who know the ropes and can provide insider’s tips, answer questions, and provide needed information and inspiration.
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3. Writers’ Groups
No matter what your area of interest, or level of experience, writers groups boast an array of benefits. Whether online or in your local area, many offer job banks, insurance plans, meetings, events, publications, and networking opportunities to enhance your efforts.
According to editor Drew Tewksbury, "No matter where you are in your freelancing career, everyone needs a little help sometimes."
Don't let your ego get in the way of your excellence.