Five Things to Remember as a New Writer- Guest Post at @maryannwrites


Today I’m a guest at Maryann Miller’s blog, Maryann Writes. When I was a new writer, I learned many things by trial and error. Some of what I learned I forgot and had to keep relearning and others I managed to save. I developed a list of five things that new writers ought to remember and published on Maryann’s blog today. You can find it at this link.

Maryann Miller

So that you can know Maryann a little better here is her bio.

A diverse writer of columns, feature stores, short fiction, novels, screenplays, and stage plays, Maryann Miller has won numerous awards including being a semi-finalist at the Sundance Institute for her screenplay, “A Question of Honor.” More recently, she placed in the top 15 percent of entries in the Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship with the adaptation of her mystery, “Open Season.”

Early publishing credits include work for regional and national newspapers and magazines. The Rosen Publishing Group released her nine non-fiction books for teens, including the award-winning Coping With Weapons and Violence: In Your School and on Your Streets.  Her fiction includes: One Small Victory, Play It Again Sam, Open Season, Stalking Season, Boxes for Beds, Doubletake, and a short story collection, The Wisdom of Ages.

In association with Stephen Marro Productions in New York, Maryann has done script editing and doctoring and co-authored three screenplays; “Holding Point”, “Canned Goods”, and “It Doesn’t Take a Hero”. She worked on the screenplay for “Broadway’s Finest,” a feature film that was released in 2012 by Arrested Development Productions. With Gary Martin, she co-authored the screenplay for “The Benign”.

Miller has an extensive background in editing, most recently serving for ten years as the Managing Editor and writer for an online community magazine, She does freelance editing, and you can visit her Services Page to find more details. Miller has written book reviews for Dallas Newspapers, ForeWord Magazine, and online review sites. She has been writing all her life and plans to die at her computer.


Detroit News Scholastic Writing Awards
Golden Pen Award – short story – Southwest Writer’s Conference, University of Houston.
Golden Pen Award – screenplay – Southwest Writer’s Conference, University of Houston.
Sundance Institute -Semi-finalist.
Writer’s Digest Writing Awards – screenplay.
New York Library List of Best Books for Teens
Chesterfield Film Project – Semi-Finalist
Page Edwards Short Fiction Award – University of Florida
Trails Country Treasure Award – Winnsboro Center for the Arts
2015 Best Mystery for Doubletake – Texas Association of Authors
Woman of the Year – Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce


  1. Good post and some good advice too.

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    1. Thank you, Craig

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    1. Thank you, Charles.


  2. Great advice, John.

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  3. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Enjoyed the post, John:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. You need none of the advice there. You’re a seasoned pro.

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  4. I’m on my way over there right now.

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    1. Thank you for the visit, GP.

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  5. mcm0704 · · Reply

    Wow, John, thanks so much for sharing my bio and awards. I feel so important, but this whole promo was supposed to be about you. LOL

    And thanks so much for being such a great guest on my blog. The discussion over there has been most interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Maryann. It was fun.


  6. Great interview! I met Maryann at a Texas Authors’ Event several years ago. She is a very good writer!

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    1. Yes she is. Thanks, Jan

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  7. Excellent advice John. You are so right about not rushing to publication and not sharing your drafts.I tried to leave a comment on the other blog, I’m not sure it went through.

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    1. it is moderated. It’ll get there sooner or later. Thanks, Rob


  8. On follow up: I look forward to discovering Maryann’s blog.

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