Promoting the Written Word

Writing is one way by which we express our ideas, yet, it’s not as simple as that.   What is a writer – someone who writes stories, screenplays, poems, songs – anything that tells a story to entertain or inform.

Why do we want to write?

  • We are inspired to write – something we have read or seen or have experienced.
  • A “life-altering” event has transformed who we are.
  • We have a story to tell.
  • Writing is just something we do a personal therapy.

Everyone has something to say. From the beginning of time, when stories were written upon the walls of the caves, people expressed themselves. Those who believe they can’t write only need a little help and encouragement to put pen to paper.

How do I begin, you ask yourself?

  • How do I organize my thoughts?
  • What type of format do I use?
  • Do I need a theme, an idea, and how do I use that?
  • How do I develop an idea?
  • Are there different writing styles?

There are so many ways to write: some of us are short story writers, poets, novelists, article writers, etc. Learn to understand how you organize your thoughts and begin with that, then adjust until you find “YOUR” way.

Settle on an idea, grow passionate about it, and you will be surprised to see how it develops as you write. Most writers have many beginnings, which is fine; starting is always the hardest part, and perseverance is key!

Now how do I complete it?

  • I started it but can’t finish it?
  • How do I end it?
  • It’s terrible and I don’t know where to go with it?
  • Why don’t my characters work out?
  • Should I rewrite it?
  • Who can edit it for me, and how often must I review it?

How do I begin, you ask yourself?

  • How do I organize my thoughts?
  • What type of format do I use?
  • Do I need a theme, an idea, and how do I use that?
  • How do I develop an idea?
  • Are there different writing styles?

Finally, how do I get it published?

  • What is an ISBN number and why do I need one?
  • What will a publisher do for me?
  • Should I self-publish – what will be the difference?
  • What is a distributor and what will he do for me?

The process of bringing a written work from our head to the page, and finally into a published form is long and complex. There is so much to learn but help is available through our writers in Mississauga Writers Group. We are like-minded individuals with a passion for the written word, and a love of nurturing it in others. Please join us at one of our meetings in Mississauga’s Central Library, and let us help you to overcome any doubts you may have about your ability to become a writer yourself.

Written by: Hans Victor von Maltzahn & Elizabeth Banfalvi

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