Writing is about more than just finished work. You don’t start an essay and then magically finish it. In fact, the “writing” started long before you began choosing words, and it will continue on long after, too.
Tucked inside three layers of folders on my Google Drive in a document I’ve titled “Notes” is the genesis of my “next big writing project.” For the past few weeks, I’ve been tossing in quotes and vignettes. I’ve written some introductory thoughts.
Write what you know. Show don’t tell. Write every day. Avoid the passive voice. Know your audience. Revise, revise, revise.
We’ve all made them, the embarrassing rookie mistakes that happen when we are first starting out. They happen to people starting all kinds of new hobbies or careers, including writers. One of my early mistakes was submitting my work to magazines I wasn’t really familiar with.