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What Are Ten Must Haves for Writers?

A Writer's Needs.. From Editing to Blogging to Publishing

The top ten things a writer needs to have in their writing life to be successful:

This is a list of the ten things you should have, to successfully publish a book. It's not so much a how to publish a book, but how to write a good book which in turn, will allow you to become a published author. It will also allow you to get more money for your works. These things are all important and for some writers not having one can mean the difference between a successfully published book and one which sells alright-- or not at all.

Some you've already done, if you've written a hub, you've already published (self-published). It that sort of thing that makes a difference, you can receive reviews from your peers. So without anymore delay, here are the ten things:

A Good Editor

This is a must, I don't believe anyone can edit anything by themselves. The editor, if chosen correctly can show you how to improve your writing. This being said, I understand that writers do get better over time, without help, but still it is advised to work with an editor-- this improves the learning curve. In fact, it is a must. There are many people who can edit. I am not one of them, as many of you can plainly tell. Yes it may cost you some money, but in the long run a better edited manuscript will get more money.

A Great Literary Agent

They understand contracts, they know what can and can not be negotiated, we as novices in the publishing industry don't. For myself, it is important to get someone else to read any contract before I sign it. A person who knows the ins and outs of the traditional publishing industry are a must, although it's not as needed in the self-publishing industry. However, as with anything in writing, choose your agent with care. They spend time in the publishing industry and you need to understand that these people will have other clients. They run a business as well.


Money Blogs and Other Choices

A Blog Which To Write On

This I would argue is a basic need, but there are so many authors and would-be authors who don't have a blog. Bad move, in this time frame, not having a blog is akin to missing an important plot line at the end of a novel. Write your own blog, write a hub, get your online presence going.

A Personal Library

Go to amazon.This is simple and important. This is valuable. Build this library. For my own library there is grammar books and history books. Can you guess how often i refer to them? A lot, and one of the books I highly recommend is: On writing by Stephen King. He has a lot of experience in the writing field, and has put in the book a more of a story format with his advice on... writing. Some of it works for me, such as deciding to make a spot for writing, or how his ideas come from unlikely sources.

Not only that but, as I've learned through the constant highlighting on On Writing is that a writer will have hard times, and will also have high times. I think because King is so open about his life, and what writing has done for him, not in terms of money but in the terms of mental health. I found hope in the pages of his book, because to me, I can see that even if I am not the best writer, I can still work towards a goal. It's small steps, and King speaks to me the most.

I also recommend taking an online creative writing course, or a writing course in general, as they normally recommend a lot of books that can come in handy while writing. I like both Gotham writing classes, and writers online workshops.

A Name In The Online World

Again, go online to hubpages, or to blogger. Create an account and begin to write and publish hubs, as often as you can is best, with an eye to improving your writing all the time. There are tons of writers and other reviewers, so please make good use of them. There are other social networking sites to go to as well, but they take a bit of online marketing knowledge to work with.

A Good Sense Of Humor

I can't say how often I can make fun of my own shortcoming in writing, it helps especially when the going is at its hardest.

A Great Sense of Networking

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Write comments on people's hubs, tell people about other good hubbers, write on blogs, respond to emails in a timely manner. Write and write and write some more. Yes you need to write on others hubs, but also on your own. This provides a link to your profile and to some of your hubs.

A Strong Writing Ethic

This is a job, especially if this is something you want to make a career out of. You need to make it a job. I know sound hard, but it is true. Are you a writer? Do you want to be a writer? Prove it.

I Know this sound harsh, but it is true at some point you either write and work on your work or you don't. If you find other things to do (such as video games) you aren't writing now are you?

Good Friends Who'll Tell The Truth

A Must. If my friends won't read my work and can't find the time to read it, well there is a problem right? They need to tell me that my writing is horrible from time to time.

Confidence In Themselves... But Not EGO!

It's your writing and you need to be proud of it. At the same time you need to be honest, it can use some work and some one else might know better than you.

Publish That Book!

Publish a book?? Doing this isn't that hard, as long as you remember that you can make money writing, but that takes a bit of time and an online creative writing course or three! They can teach you how to improve your writing.

So from literary agents, to a personal library to online writing courses, you've got a good start to becoming a great writer. this hold true on hubpages, and many other online writing sites. The more you publish quality, well written pieces the more chances you will see success.

You do have to think of the 10 must haves as well after you are published, since publishing anything requires a lot of patience.


Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 13, 2017:

The name in the online world is important still. You are correct Nora, it doesn't mean as much if you aren't committed to it.

Nora on December 13, 2017:

A name in the online world doesn't seem to help as much anymore. Sucks, but it's true. Because everyone and their publishing house has some type of "social media" and that doesn't help the little guy. It's a death sentence because you'll never win.

Michelle on June 11, 2015:

Networking and blogs are two of the most important. end.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on November 21, 2011:

Carlon-- I enjoyed writing this one a lot and it's true having a library makes a huge difference. You learn a lot reading.

Carlon Michelle from USA on November 21, 2011:

MissOlive recommended this article in one of her articles and I can see why. My favorite tip is the Amazon one. I have a lot of work to do. Smile!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on September 14, 2011:

Jay-- thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Jay on September 13, 2011:

Nice hub. Good job here

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on August 26, 2011:

Rick-- I debated long and hard about that, but I liked the picture-- maybe a few more. We will see they can be a part of the te-- you have to write somewhere?

Rick Rudd on August 26, 2011:

I'd have thought a fountain pen and idea book would've been in there somewhere, haha. Nice hub, though. Voted up!

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on March 07, 2011:

JOhn-- I would say that the personal library is most important if you are starting out, however there are many other things which change over time, so it also dpends on where you are at with your writing

John on March 07, 2011:

great information, it is all true, and which would you say is the most important for your writing business? Will you write more about your writing business?

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 28, 2011:

harrison-- my pleasure in helping.

harrison8bal from Shanghai on January 27, 2011:

Hey great information thank you again:D

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 19, 2011:

Reprieve-- I will never say I am perfect, but I hope I can be taught!

HS Contino from Oregon Coast on January 18, 2011:

Good article, but you might want to proofread it again. I caught a few typos! I hope this helps! :)

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on January 10, 2011:

joe-- you are welcome, happy to help

Joe on January 10, 2011:

I like the list many thanks for it.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on November 10, 2010: