My writing career began as an intern for Christian Retailing magazine. My first published pieces were reviews of books, music, and products in the back of various publications. I spent years honing the craft of writing in segments of 250-words or less.
This slow, humble beginning taught me the basics of writing and publishing.
Don’t miss a deadline.
Be good to your editor.
Make every word count.
Stay within the word limitation.
Earn trust, then spend it to earn more.
Find new ways to convey old expressions.
Study the publications where you want to be published.
Every piece provided the opportunity to learn more and grow in the craft of writing. Here are three things I wish someone had told me sooner: