I’ve written 200 posts since I started blogging on 6/23/09. That’s 99 months ago, which means I’ve averaged two blogs a month. I’m sure weeks passed with no activity, followed by Tasmanian devil typing.
It’s only fitting that today’s post centers on links with writing advice, as I’ve made it a practice to share all I’ve learned over my eighteen year writing career. I wish as much information was available then as now.
Writing wisdom learned from writing 200 posts
- Writing is hard. (duh!) Find a support group or critique partner to help you on your journey. You’ll not only gain valuable feedback and find like minds (those who hear voices), but you’ll come away from every meeting feeling recharged.
- Read a lot. In all genres. Fiction and non-fiction. Study what you’ve read. You’ll learn and improve. Plus, you never know when inspiration will strike.
- Your first book will be bad. Probably your second and third. It takes a long time to find your voice. Consider them very long writing exercises.Click To Tweet
- Your first draft will be bad. Don’t spend endless hours polishing chapter one before writing chapter two. Get the words down before you lose momentum or another sparkly idea strikes.
- Don't take every bit of writing advice to heart. I've seen writers stop in midstream or change direction because 'the class I took said this', or 'I read this online—'. There's nothing wrong with learning, but at some point you have to trust your gut and write the damn book.Click To Tweet
- Writers, for the most part, are introverts. Please don’t let it stop you from joining in or asking for help. The writing community is one of the most helpful I’ve ever encountered. There is no problem you have that someone else hasn’t had. They will freely share the solution, their cover artist’s name, their opinion on your book blurb, and how to overcome a technical issue. Trust in them, and you will be rewarded.
- Have fun. Don’t let self-doubt, unmanageable characters or limited sales stop you. Pursue your dreams and enjoy!
Saturday’s writing links:
Invoking the NO. How to say no to everyone and everything.
Do you have a C.T.A. (Call to Action) in your books? How to use back matter to sell more books.
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