Here’s a little self-written spinet from a talented young fiction writer I recently had the pleasure of meeting in cyberspace:
I was the quiet girl in the back who read books, that’s all people knew me as. Now I’m the girl who writes young adult books and reads them.
Being still only 17 years old, I enjoy books more than anything, but then a couple years ago I decided I could write my own books. So little by little I wrote my first book, and now I am getting ready to start the publishing process this coming June.
Being a young adult writer can be and is difficult, nobody knows you. You’ve been pushed back in the corner again, and you have to learn how to fight your way to the front. Mainly by promoting, I started with a blog, then a twitter, facebook page, etc. I am trying to build my platform, piece by piece. This can hard when your still in high school and don’t have connections.
I am following my dream to become a published author at the age of 17, don’t give up on your dreams.
As I mention above I am a 17 year old female in high school who enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, and sports. I have a busy life but I still manage to have time to write and spend time with my two cats. Check out my blog at: http://elizabethlauren29.wordpress.com
Shoot for the stars!
While it is easy to get caught up in thinking that writing is writing and that is all there is to it, this simply isn’t true.
Of course you know there is a difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, poetry and and essays and things like that for example. However, a lot of people don’t realize the subtle difference when it comes to writing for a blog or online publication as opposed to writing for an old-fashioned print periodical.
Yes, there is a subtle but very important difference.
Here are a few tips for writing for an online source whether it be a blog, online magazine or virutally any other web-based entity.
1. Stick with short but detail driven sentences.
2. Lists and bullet points, much like is the case in this post, are a nice way to go.
3. Link to sites and resources only when they are in context and/or ad to the value of the work.
4. Include photos whenever possible and relevant.
The bottom line it that the Internet and virtually any type of new media are driven by speed. People want the most detail they can get out of the least amount of wordage. And as a generally visual form of communication, web surfers want something to stimulate the eye. That would be where things like photos and video come in.
Taking this approach when writing for the Internet might just help you increase your audience. And who knows, maybe you’ll even get famous.