This past weekend was the fifth anniversary of when I published my first book. I was going to do something special for it, but time got away from me, and I didn't end up arranging anything. I wanted to at least give it a mention though.
While we're talking about my books...
My new poetry collection is coming very soon... Watch for a release announcement in the near future!
In the meantime...
Do you want to be a writer? Then take a look at this post on the seven stages of being a writer you must overcome. You may also want to check out this post on how to be a successful writer. Bear in mind though, when it says "successful" it doesn't mean rich and famous type successful (though there's nothing wrong with dreams of one day being that kind of successful). In this case success is defined as you being a serious writer, rather than just someone who says they'll write something one day. Also, here's a post that's just for those of you writing a book that you're scared no one else will understand.
The number one rule when it comes to writing is, "show, don't tell," - as you most likely already know. However, as with many writing "rules" there are exceptions. For example, here are five reasons to tell instead of show.
Another important consideration for writers is that they should be readers first. With that in mind, here's an article on Developing your reading list: A strategy for authors. I'd like to take this moment to disagree with part of the article though: reading should be fun, and shouldn't only be done from the point of view of a writer attempting to improve their own writing. Yes, doing so is a good idea... If I didn't think so, I wouldn't have shared the article... But sometimes you need to just read for pleasure, whether that's in the same genre you write for or not. Also, just because a book isn't doing anything to further your progress as a writer, doesn't mean you should be in a hurry to put it down and mark it as one you didn't finish. If you really feel it's one you can't finish, that's up to you. But don't be in too much of a hurry to give up on a book once you've started it. After all, sometimes a book that starts off slowly will turn out to be an amazing read, so it's difficult to accurately rate or review a book if you didn't finish it, don't you think?
Speaking of reviews... Authors, here's a post you may be interested in that suggests a possible way we can encourage more readers to leave reviews. Also, here's a great post on Why authors shouldn’t obsess over one-star reviews.
Reviews or not, if you're planning to do a book signing, you may want to take a look at these tips for a successful book signing.
Finally, I'll leave you with the advice that you can write at any age (be warned though, there's a bit of strong language usage towards the end of that last post... Just thought I'd mention it, in case you're sensative about that kind of thing).