There are lots of things you can do to improve as a writer – take classes, go to workshops, join a writer’s group, get feedback from peers and professionals, and read one of the hundreds of great books out there on the craft. All of these things are great and admirable, and I strongly encourage you to do them in order to achieve excellence in your writing, and show good stewardship of the gift that you have been given.
2 Timothy 2:15 says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” More than enough reason to work hard at learning and honing your craft.
Unfortunately, while there are many things you can do to achieve this, and to do all you can to make your manuscript the best that it can be, there are relatively few things you can then do to turn your masterpiece into an actual book or published article.
One of the best things you can do, and something I cannot recommend highly enough, is to attend a writer’s conference. With the state of the publishing industry today, making contact with an agent or an editor at a conference is the best way to have them take a look at your book, or ever know that you, and your work, exist.
There are lots of great conferences out there. Most of the big Christian ones are in the States, and many of them are incredible and well worth checking out. The biggest one in Canada though, takes place in Guelph, Ontario, in a couple of weeks – June 16-18th to be exact. Check out this video for more information:
And even if you don’t have a manuscript ready to show, there is plenty for you to do and to learn as there are classes and workshops for writers of all levels of skill and experience, from aspiring to professional. One of the best things about going to a conference though, is connecting with fellow writers. The revelation that you are not alone, that there are others who understand what you are going through – the angst, anxiety, and joy of the writing life – can change your world.
And speaking of which, the theme of Write! Canada 2011 is “Changing the World with Words.” Another fabulous, inspiring reason to show up. I’ll be there, and I’d love to see you there too. It’s your year to make contact(s)!
Press on, my friends. Press on,