My Advice for New Writers by John W. Howell

Vicki Goodwin, one of the founders of Mystery Thriller Week, has published a post that I wrote with some advice for new writers. Pop over and check out the events for Mystery Thriller Week. Thank you, Vicki.

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I was at a book signing the other day, and a person asked me a question that caused me to have to think a little before blurting out an answer. The question was, “What should every new writer know?” My answer at the time seemed to satisfy the person asking but after giving it a little more thought I decided that my reply was at best adequate and at worst incomplete. Now thanks to the Mystery Thriller Week I have been given another opportunity to adequately express what I have no come to call My Advice for New Writers that Every New Writer Should Know Before Deciding to Become a Writer. I think you can tell from my title that the thought process has grown from my initial response at the book signing. Also, if you have decided to become a writer no matter what anyone tells you, I would…

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28 comments

  1. Congratulations on this job, John! Well done. 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing your advice and knowledge with us. It’s highly appreciated.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  2. Great article, John – I reblogged from the original.

  3. This is terrific, John! Your timing is perfect as I have a coworker who’s trying to write his first book. I’m going to pass this along. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jill. I hope it helps. (tell him to get out while he still can.)

  4. Great article! Very informative and enlightening. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, John!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment and visit, Mar. I like your gravatar.

  5. Congratulations on the guest post, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

  6. Nice one, John! Tweeting it… :-d

  7. Hi John. Thanks for introducing us to Vicki and her blog. That’s great advice. Although I confess, the at best/at worst made me think Tiny might show up. 😉 Seriously, those are great points, honest and usable. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs.

  8. jhawker1969 · ·

    Great post, John. I would like to repost it on my blog, if that’s OK.

    1. Feel free anytime, Ron. I am honored. 🙂

      1. jhawker1969 · ·

        Thanks, the honor is mine!

  9. Wow! That is jammed packed advice in six bullet points! You definitely know what you are talking about. I loved the honesty with encouragement. $100 dollars a year stuck out to me the most. 😬​😬​😬​ It’s a must read for all new or non-established writers! Thanks, John!

    1. Thanks, Ipuna. Nice words.

  10. Hey Sheriff, great tips by a man who knows his business. I’m going to post this on my blog on Sunday. Great stuff.

    1. Thank you, Pilgrim.

  11. You’re a good man, John.
    And an even better writer.

    1. Aw thank, Hook. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome!

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