“Don’t try to do all the RIGHT things instead of doing the WRITE thing.” ~ Cindy M. Jones
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Finding Fulfillment in the Writing World can be intimidating. As a writer, there’s so many avenues. It’s taken me a little over ten years of consistently working in the different fields of writing to gain confidence in doing what I like, while still bringing in a paycheck.
I’ve learned to turn away jobs that I know will be frustrating and overwhelming and wait for those that fit my personality and skills. It’s hard passing up work, especially in a time and age where the publishing field can be up or down in any given day.
Success looks like different things to different people. You need to ask yourself, “What will success in writing look like to me?” Set a goal and decide what you enjoy best about writing.
How to Find Success
Decide what your passion is. Much of what you write about will and should center around a common theme. To find you theme, you need to ask yourself what’s important to you, what are you passionate about?
Start writing. Once you decide what you want to write about, start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It took me years of practice and I’m still practicing. But to be a writer, you have to write.
Educate yourself. You’ll never know all there is to the craft of writing. Continue your education, whether it’s in school, through webinars, books or following a few good writing blogs, don’t stop learning.
Be diligent. It took a long time before I was getting paid for writing. It took even longer to feel confident and seriously consider myself a professional writer. Don’t let anyone steal your dream and don’t give up.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas A. Edison ~”
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2017 WRITING CONFERENCES
March 23 – 24th – Mountain Valley Writers’ Conference
I will be one of the presenters with my workshop focusing on growing a business through writing – Make Money Writing by Cindy M. Jones. There will be others speaking on crafting fiction, nonfiction and marketing. Click here for more information.
2016 WRITING CONFERENCES:
Jan. 15-18, 2016 – 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore (near Atlantic City). www.wintergetaway.com
Jan. 16-23, 2016: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida.http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/
Jan. 22-24, 2016 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc
Feb. 6, 2016: Houston Writing Workshop (Houston, TX)
Feb. 10-14, 2016 – San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.
Feb. 11-15, 2016 – San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco.www.SFWriters.org
Feb. 11-14, 2016 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/
Feb. 19, 2016 – Alabama Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL http://alabamawritingworkshop.com/
Feb. 20, 2016 – Atlanta Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL http://atlantawritingworkshop.com/
Feb. 25-28, 2016 – Left Coast Crime’s annual mystery convention. This year it’s called “The Great Cactus Caper” and is in Phoenix, Arizona.http://www.leftcoastcrime2016.com/
Feb. 25-28, 2016 – Sleuthfest, an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/
March 11-13, 2016 – Love is Murder Conference, mainly for mystery and romance writers, Chicago, Ill. http://www.loveismurder.net/
March 12-16, 2016 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/
March 18-20, 2016 – Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference, Temecula, CA www.inkandkeys.org
March 25, 2016 – Tampa Writers Conference, Tampa, FL http://floridawritingworkshops.com/
March 26, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale Conference for Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, FLhttp://floridawritingworkshops.com/
March 30-April 2, 2016 – Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Los Angeles Convention Center, CA
April 9, 2016: Philadelphia “Get Published” Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
April 8-10 – Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada.http://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/
April 15-17, 2016 – Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/
April 15-17, 2016 – Story Circle Network Women’s Writing Conference, Austin, TX. http://www.storycircle.org/Conference/
April 15-17, 2016 – Writer’s Institute, Madison, Wisconsin.https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/
April 28-30, 2016 – Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.www.lasvegaswritersconference.com
April 29–May, 2016 – Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org
May 6, 2016 – Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists; Burnaby, BC, Canada.http://www.creativeinkfestival.com/
May 12-14, 2016 – Oklahoma Writers Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. www.owfi.org
May 14, 2016: Chicago Writing Workshop (Chicago, IL)
May 20-22, 2016 – Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/
May 22-28, 2016 – Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat, Salt Cay, Bahamas.www.saltcaywritersretreat.com
June 19-20, 2016 – “Create Something Magical” – Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/
July 16, 2016 – All Write Now! Conference, Southeast Missouri State University Center, Cape Girardeau, MO Center.
July 2016 – LexiCon Writers Conference, Denton, Texas http://lexi-conwritersconference.com/
Aug. 12-14, 2016 – Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon.http://willamettewriters.com/
August 12-14, 2016: Writer’s Digest NYC Conference (New York, NY)
Aug. 19-21, 2016 – Historical Writers of America Conference, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. http://historicalwritersofamerica.org
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