Anyone can ‘label’ themselves a writer. Of any sort of material. At any time. It's as simple as that. It is not, however, simple to be a serious writer.
While aiming for a successful career in writing, be aware of the reputation you are building and creating for yourself. It is far too easy to accidentally fall into ill repute. it is hard to reel back from it. Undoing certain damages is nearly impossible; rectifying one's self is never easy. What is easy, though, is creating a solid, proficient repute. A successful creative writer will utilize more than one self-marketing method while branding themselves. Remember you are always branding yourself, whether it is intentional or not.
The next handful of actions will help you on your journey.
First, understand that social-networking sites are one of your best friends. The world of writing can be a tough and highly competitive field of work. At times, it can even seem completely cutthroat. You can take advantage of social-networking sites by creating connections worldwide, both quickly and efficiently. Using these types of sites will allow you to better connect with your readers by sharing samples, up-coming news, and links to other works you have created. Utilize all the internet tools; use them to your advantage. Here is a great article on how to use twitter to your advantage: How to Get Noticed on Twitter — 15 Tips for Writers.
The setting of your story is one of three very key components. The setting itself, if written correctly, is practically a character on its own. It lives and breaths, and contains just the right amount of soul. The happenings that occur in and around the settings will prove to sway and influence different characters and events.
Know Your Setting Well.
Setting is the backdrop or place where your characters and stories unfold. Many different aspects can make up the setting. This is the when and where that your characters will be developing in. By changing and utilizing your settings, you have more insight and control over your character building; hence why ALL of this ties together so well in the end.
While brainstorming on setting details you should not be surprised to find that it can be built in nearly the same manner as the actual characters. You have to take the time to learn and know the setting you want to use. Think of how well you know your hometown, or where you grew up. You can envision all the particulars, right down to the last detail, in your mind. You can see and notice the things that so typical as well as the things that distinguish it from any other ole place. That’s how well you want to know the setting that is to be portrayed in your writing. Once you’ve imagined the environment and circumstances inside it, the words will begin to run down the paper faster than spilled ink. You will be able to create a steady flow.
Bring the Setting to Life
So you want to perfectly communicate to your audience that image in your mind’s eye, right? Get it out of your mind, and let it flow down through your fingertips and into your keys. Writing a description with such vividness can be a daunting task contributing to the writer's block epidemic that's ravaging the fiction writer world as we speak. Often, what stares back at us from the computer screen is either blank or not quite right. And unfortunately, we can't crumble up a computer and throw it in the trash with a satisfactory swish. Because well, it would crunch and not swish and unfortunately we still need our computer. The good news is there are some simple ways to help you use that beautiful writer imagination of yours. Because really, the last thing your reader wants to venture into is the deep abyss of dull imagery translation. Not to mention, it's just not enjoyable to write that way. There is something missing amidst all this brain chatter and it all boils down to one very important fiction writing tip.
Imagery is the language that poets, novelists and a slew of other writers use to create moving images in the mind of the reader. An easy way to fully capture your reader’s attention is to write so vividly they feel as though they are waltzing right on through the story, right beside the characters. One of the greatest example I have of this is Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. That book made me feel so dirty I had an illogical obsession with showers every time I finished reading a chunk. Everything in the book is covered in dust, soot, and grease. Train cars are full of stuffy velvet I can almost smell. Heat from their oil lamps made my nose feel dry. That's how unbelievably vivid that book is. Writing with that intensity ought to be every fiction writers goal. With out this ferocity, even the most thrilling or compelling plot will fall flat on its back. Like a turtle. Or a flopping fish. There are many different splits, junctures, and hairpin bends in the road that make up the schema of imagery.