Giving someone you don’t know well writing advice is the same thing as giving them relationship advice. At best, it’s useless; at worst, it’s harmful. Everyone’s techniques, processes – and goals – are entirely different so what works for one of us won’t necessarily work for another.
The internet is rife with lists – “Some famous writer’s top ten tips” – and this blog is no exception. I’ve chosen to share here some of the more famous and storied pieces of advice, along with quotes, tidbits, and other inspirational pieces. The fact is, you never know what’s going to help you and when.
Once upon a time, I was bashing my head against the desk, frustrated over a novel that wasn’t quite working out as I was hoping. Then I happened across this little cartoon: a happy, little sheep with the thought bubble above its head: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect.” Reading that when I did saved me endless amounts of grief.
All of my blog posts on here are much more context-based than listicles. Rather than simply list do’s and don’ts, I’ve opted to show the context of my learnings. These are the lessons I’ve learned through trial and error and endless practice. Writing itself is a life-long learning process and if there is only one universal piece of advice, it’s this:
With writing, you will learn by doing. The more you do it, the better you’ll get.