Advice for writers …

Quite often I receive requests to read unsolicited manuscripts to assess their potential for publication (which I wish I could do, but can’t), or requests for advice, like this one:

Any advice for aspiring writers? It isn’t the writing part that’s the struggle. My question is, what in the world do you do with the final product?

A better answer than any I could give was given by Margaret Feinberg (a gifted young writer herself) here. Along with a lot of great links, she offers this:

n a nutshell, my best advice is simply to write, write, write. This is an art form, a craft, and time is your friend. Once you know what you want to write, put together a proposal and get yourself to a writer’s conference where you can get one-on-one time with an editor and listen to honest feedback. Then, it will be time to write, write, and rewrite some more.