Tips

Writing isn't all about talent, and all writers face problems like writer's block every once in a while. Even if you're just in it for the fun, there are certain things you should know about publishing, intellectual property, editors and the writing process itself.

Where to write
It may not seem all that important at first, but when you spend hours on end in front of a keyboard your surroundings can quickly become an oppressive factor in the writing process. To avoid having your environment cramp your style, make sure you choose a workspace to match your preferences. Some like it quiet and solitary, others enjoy a bustling and noisy environment, but the important thing is to find a work environment to your own liking.

Publishing
Writing is one thing, but how do you get people to read your work? Before the advent of digital media, spare-time authors had two choices: talk your way into a publishing house or buy your way into a vanity publisher. In the age of the Internet, however, there are a number of attractive alternatives for putting your work out there. To get started, check out the links page for a list of publishing sites and reader networks.

Writer's block
This annoying little disease is practically inescapable, and even the most prolific authors admit to facing writer's block every so often. It usually occurs when you try to force the creative process, and each writer develops his or her own methods of dealing with it. Personally, I find the best remedy is to do something completely different for a while to take your mind off the poem or story. When I'm stuck, I wander the high trails and woodland, when I come back to the poem or story I'm able to look at it from a fresh perspective.