Ten Tips to Decide What to Write
By Suzan L. Wiener
Copyright © 2007 by Suzan L. Wiener, All Rights Reserved
Are you having trouble determining where your writing skills lie? Are
you a beginner and not sure where your strength is: poetry, fiction or
non-fiction? Why not try your hand in all areas? Soon you will know by
the editors' acceptance or rejection if your work is viable and what
your strongest suit is. Also, even if you're not the best at one
category, you can still write in it and get it accepted as long as you
do your best work.
l. For instance, I tried writing children's poems, but didn't have much
success. Yet, as soon as I started writing light verse and love poetry,
I did very well. Of course, I keep trying in other areas, hoping for an
acceptance, but I concentrate more on what works.
2. The old saying "Give them what they want" definitely applies here. If
editors keep rejecting your work in one specific writing area, then it's
time to try another. You'll easily turn failure into success if you gear
your work to what an editor needs.
3. Read what other authors are writing and see if they have a similar
style to what you write. Then you can submit your best manuscript to the
the editor of a similar piece. The editor will notice and you will get
4. The more you write, the more you will learn what you enjoy writing.
Even if you just write a few lines a day, keep at it, so you won't lose
the flow and you will feel like you are accomplishing something
5. Keep a notebook and pen handy so you can write down any ideas that
come to you. Then when you are ready to write one out completely, you
will have the basic idea already. You won't have to grope for ideas that
6. Never be afraid to venture into different genres of writing. I am not
a sci-fi or horror writer, but I have written a few stories in these
genres and I enjoyed writing them, though I don't think I will be doing
too many of those.
7. If you can join a group of writers who write in the same area you do,
that will help you gain ideas and it will make writing a lot more
interesting. Your writing will reflect that.
8. Buy the various magazines in which you want your work to appear; even
back issues, if you can. See how the type and style of the poetry or
stories have changed. You will be well-informed and it will make your
writing stand out.
9. It is much easier to stick to one field of writing, but you won't
mature as a writer if you do that and your writing probably won't
improve. We always have to move forward, even with our writing
10. Read as many books on writing genres as you can. You will get the
full feeling of writing and know what you are writing about. Knowledge
in your area is very important.
If you follow the above tips, you will be able to write in many
different genres, from humor to horror and everything in between.