This blog is about emerging author Melissa Wray and her journey into publication. It also includes great writing tips, useful links and guest author interviews with occasional giveaways.
Melissa hopes there is enough time in her life to write all the stories she wants to write and read all the books she wants to read. Both lists are long!
Tucker writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers but has also achieved
success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks
three languages, has had photography accepted and published in books in the
USA. He has also written more than 145 short stories and bush poems. Clancy’s
been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests and
had ten short stories published in literary magazines. His most recent release Gunnedah
Hero has won three awards in the National Literary Awards: 'Highly Commended',
FAW Jim Hamilton Award, 2006 National Literary Awards, ‘Highly Commended’ in
the FAW Jim Hamilton Award – 2007 and ‘Commended’ in the FAW Christina Stead
Award – 2011. Today
Clancy shares some of his best writing tips with us.
·Don't be one of those people who just talk about being a writer... BE a
writer. Write something! And never give up --- never,
never, never, never.
advice to aspiring writers is to write as much as you can as regularly as you
can --- every day, ideally. Write because you want to write
rather than because you want to be a writer. Be original or don't bother.
as you speak, and on the subjects that you know about.
·Do it because you must, because
you want to, need to, couldn't live with yourself otherwise. If you do it for
the fame and glory, you may fall hard on your face.
·Write about what obsesses you.
·Rejection is a speed bump, not a brick wall.
·If writing is important to you,
you must be prepared to work hard at it, and simplify your life so that you can
give your art the time and energy it requires. You must be willing to take risks,
try new forms, grow with each thing you write. You must try to tell the truth
as best you are able.
·You have to trust your gut, trust
your characters to take a story where it's going to go. Sometimes a story has a
life of its own, so let it breathe and develop.
·Give it your best shot.
have to commit. A book is not just writing --- you
have to promote the book, read the contracts … seriously.
agent does NOT know more than you do, and neither does your editor. I listen to
advice, but I don't always follow it. Back your gut feeling at all times. It’s
all you can about the publishing industry which is currently in a state of
are the points I published in 'Kid Magazine' in the USA in February 2005. They
* If you are
really serious about becoming a writer, try to write 2,000 words a day.
* Accept rejection as part of the journey.
* Seek criticism, swallow it, take it on board objectively and use it to
* Read similar work published by other writers ... learn, don’t copy.
* Find something you are passionate about and write passionately about
* Revise, revise, revise ... don’t change things for the sake of change.
Alter your work to make it better.
* Never give up.
* Do not take yourself too seriously.
Thanks for sharing Clancy, there are some great tips there! Clancy Tucker writes a daily
blog that contains tips for emerging and aspiring writers, plus hosts guests
from around the world. These guests include a range from people from authors,
diplomats and illustrators as well as human rights lawyers and a whole heap