I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Vicki Tiede, author of When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography (New Growth Press, 2012). One of my favorite questions to ask published authors is what their advice is for aspiring authors. Here is what Vicki had to say:
Q: Let me close with a final question I ask of all published authors. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
A: Write. I have so many people tell me they want to write, but when I ask what they’ve written, they can’t really say. Figure out your niche, find your audience, then get started. Maybe you will start small with articles for the church newsletter, then build to a blog or a guest column in the newspaper. My first published pieces were for devotionals to which I was a contributing author. They were super short, but seeing my pieces published in a book gave me the confidence I needed to tackle larger things. I jumped right into writing books, some of which will never see the light of day (and for that we can both be grateful)! The bottom line though is that you have to park yourself in that computer chair, get your hands on the keyboard, and write.
Read. Be a voracious reader and take notes. I have a running list of “words I like.” They are words, phrases, analogies that tickle my fancy. I write them in my iPhone and wait for the perfect place to use them. The wider read I am, the more ideas I have percolating for my next project.
Pray. I truly ask God to help me represent Him well no matter what I’m writing. I don’t think you can go wrong if you do that every time you sit down to write. While you’re at it, you can pray that He will put whatever you’re writing into the hands of those who need it most. For the last three years, that’s been my daily prayer for When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography.
You can read my interview with Vicki in its entirety at Bible Geek Gone Wild. If you’d like to learn more about Vicki and her writing, visit her website: vickitiede.com, follow her on Twitter: @VickiTiede, and Like her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VTiede.