As I get deeper into the game of writing, I’m learning more and more about it. Like book three is just as hard to write as book one was.
But I’ve also picked up some advice along the way. Not all of it was good, some was good, some was bad. Some made me want to smash my head against the wall.
Anyway, here’s four pieces of bad advice and four pieces of really good advice.
- Only write when you’re inspired.
- My parent/friend/person I know wrote their book this way, you should do the same
- Vampires/wizards/Zombies/whatever are really big, write about them
- Write what you know.
First one, if I only wrote when I was inspired, I’d write about two or three times a month. If that. Maybe less. There’s a lot of times I sit down to write and then my brain is like YOU MUST WATCH CAT VIDEOS NOW. But I don’t, (Okay maybe one or two) I sit down and write. I have a writer friend who writes as a hobby and only when she wants to write. If you do this, you’ll write one book about every twenty years. You have to sit down and write, even when you don’t want to. Take a day off here and there of course, but you can’t wait for inspiration. Start writing to show your muse you are serious about writing.
Second, everyone is different. Everyone. Some people will write a book in less then a year and send it out and book. Some people take longer, and it takes them quite a while to get it published. Don’t spend your time comparing yourself to others. It’s exhausting.
Third, don’t follow the market, follow your heart. Even if you’re a fast writer, it takes a while to publish. Like, close to a year. By then the market will have changed. So ignore “what’s popular”, just write the story you can’t get out of your head.
Fourth, With the except of random spots in the three years, my life has been pretty boring. If I only wrote about what I knew, then it wouldn’t be very interesting. Take risks, get out of your comfort zone, try new things. The internet is a wonderful place to do research about things you don’t know.
Good writing advice.
- Just write, you can fix it later.
- Be a reader first
- The water can not flow if the faucet isn’t on
- Always let someone else read it.
First, I struggled with this big time. I want my writing to come out perfect every time. Sadly this happens about 3% of the time. I’ve rarely extremely pleased with it on the first time. So I would get depressed and stop writing when it didn’t come out the way I wanted. Until I heard this. Remember the first draft is considered the worst. Just write it and fix it later.
Second, we are all learning. How an you learn how to do it correctly if you’re not reading? You don’t have to read War and Peace, read whatever you want to. Read romance, mystery , Sci-fi, anything. Heck read books which are considered “bad books”. Even those have lessons to teach you.
Third, This is probably my favorite writing advice. You can’t write if your butt is not in a chair and your fingers are not on the keyboard. Even if you just write utter rubbish you hate, it’s making progress.
Fourth, This is pretty important. I’d say let two or three people is probably best. After staring at the same piece of writing day in and day out, you won’t see the forest for the trees anymore. Let someone else say fresh eyes on it.
Well, there you got it.
Anyone else know any good writing advice?