Writers do poorly without readers who want to read their work. There is no mystery here. The best way to get readers to read your writing is for you to write something and get it published. Then do it all over again. And again. That's what writers do. The Cmunity forum offers a great way for you to begin publishing: the GOSSIP section is a great place to start. Some newbie writers are already doing that. Why shouldn't you?
Some Tips on Getting Started as a Writer
1. Write something you know about. Who wants to read something from writers who know nothing about which they write?
. You like skateboarding? Write about that. You like jamming with your friends? Write about that. You like clan wars here on UberStrike? Write about that. You get the idea.
2. Polish your work before
you publish. Don't rush off half-cocked and post something before it's finished. Let your writing rest for a few days, then re-read it through fresh eyes. That's what your readers are going to do -- reading your story through fresh eyes. They don't want to see typos, misspelling, or silly sentence structure: if readers have a difficult time reading what you've written, they will stop reading, and chances are they will not be interested in whatever you write next. Remember, you only get ONE chance at making a first impression
3. Come up with a catchy title for your story. A catchy title will assure the reader makes it all the way to your story's first sentence! Don't laugh. If they like that first sentence, they might even make it to the second one. That's how readers read.
4. When you publish your story on the GOSSIP forum, try prefacing your catchy story title with "[STORY]". That will inform potential readers they are, in fact, about to read a "STORY". Amazing how that works. Soon, they will actually begin LOOKING for that [STORY] in your title. Make it easy for them to find your story. And when you read their replies and criticisms, pay attention!
5. Make sure your story has a logical beginning
, and decide on that beginning
BEFORE you begin writing -- and stick to it. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Give it a try. Without an interesting beginning, a reader will never make it to the middle. And without a definitive, well-thought-out ending, they will leave your story dissatisfied with where you have taken them, most likely never to return.
6. Keep writing. Write something every day. The more you write, the easier it is, and the better you become. Keep publishing. Don't get discouraged.
You think Stephen King just happened along and became a best selling author overnight? No. He didn't. He worked at it -- boy
, did he ever! That's what YOU need to do: work at it. Build up some faithful followers. Do that, and sooner or later you WILL be noticed. If you DON'T work at your craft, you will ALSO be noticed. That's the way it works.
:arrow: Do NOT get discouraged if you get rejected
. Writer submissions -- everywhere -- get rejected all the time. That's the way it works. When that happens, write another one. And another one... Stephen King received dozens of rejections for his first novel, "Carrie"
. :shock: I bet every one of those foolish editors are STILL kicking themselves in the butt! :lol:
Now that you have an idea of what it takes to be a writer, check out UberStrike's "Cmunity FREELANCE Program",
get off YOUR butts and start writing.
Well, that's it. That's all I have to say. Don't talk about wanting to be a writer. Throw on a pair of Nikes and -- just DO
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. You know that whenever you see us old-timers hobbling around those maps, you're not supposed to shoot at us — right? You're supposed to stand PERFECTLY STILL and just give us a friendly "hello" wave with those weapons! That's right, stand PERFECTLY still, and move just a LITTLE BIT more to the left...