A couple of things. First, and perhaps most important, would be to write. Write something every day. It doesn’t matter what, just write something. The more you write, the better you will become. The second thing would be read. Read a lot. Read everything you can. Find out what other people have done in terms of voice and story, find out what you like and what you don’t, and what the general population likes, and what they don’t.
Third, don’t be afraid to try. The worst that will happen is that your work isn’t good. But, that’s not a terrible thing, because you can always improve and get better. You just have to be ready to take that leap and put it out there.
I actually decided to start my own small press. My main reason for doing this was because I knew that once I started writing, I was going to write a lot of books. Given all of the factors for my situation, it seemed like the best bet for me. This option definitely isn’t the way to go for everyone. I have some business acumen, which helps. I know the business end of things, which isn’t something that many authors have.
If you go the traditionally published route, take the time and find the right agent to fit your needs and style. If you go the self-published route, slow down. Don’t be in a rush to publish. Get the book edited, get a decent cover on it. Take your time with it.
Yes. And no. For writing I use Microsoft Word, or sometimes Google Docs. I’ve tried Scrivenr, but I didn’t like it. It was great for writing things in chunks, but getting the formatting to work right was always a pain.
I use Wikidpad to keep a private encyclopedia. I love Wikidpad and I cannot say enough good things about it. Since the Starsong Chronicles is an entire series, I use Wikidpad to great effect to keep it all straight. My Starsong Wiki that I use had thousands of entries already.
I use Astrosynthesis to keep track of star maps, as well as the integrated Fractal Mapper. I also have a lot of great things to say about Astrosynthesis. For the meager price, it’s well worth the money if you write scifi. I also use Google Maps a lot. I have a lot of tools that I use to support my writing.
For my readers, I hope that you come to learn and trust that nothing I do is without purpose. I hide lots of hidden things in my books. Everything is important to some degree. I have a lot of attention to detail and I hope that this is not lost on you. If you liked my work, leave a review and let me know. If you didn’t, leave me a review and let me know that, too!
For aspiring writers, practice. Practice, practice, practice. Every day. Write. Read. Write some more. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or try new things. Mistakes are one of the best tools for learning what doesn’t work.