Alina K. Field
1. Start right now. Write in whatever scenes have come to you in the snippets of time you can manage. 2. Carry a notebook with you and jot down ideas when they come to you. 3. Read widely, fiction and nonfiction. I'm always finding inspiration in the Wall Street Journal! 4. Study craft. There are many, many inexpensive online classes sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters that cover POV, Showing vs. Telling, hooks, etc. Janice Hardy's Fiction University blog is jam-packed with great craft articles. 5. Get feedback from critiquers but watch out for the craft Nazis, joy killers, and the folks who want to pull apart your story but won't share theirs. Take some time to think about the critique, and if it doesn't feel right, it's okay to walk away. 6. Join a writing organization, especially if you write genre fiction. The support is invaluable. 7. This is an industry in the throes of volatile change. Follow bloggers like the Passive Voice and Jane Friedman and stay on top of the business. 8. The right way to write? Do it your way!