15 Oct 9 Tips and Advice for Writers
9 Tips and Advice for Other Writers
- Read! Read with breadth and depth – Stephen King calls reading “the creative center of a writer’s life”
- Write every day, even if it’s just in your personal journal. Daily prose evolves into prolific prose.
- Allow your ideas to spring up organically, rather than selecting genres you perceive as popular and trying to force the material to come alive.
- Develop the discipline of keeping an observations journal, and unique story hooks will claw for your attention.
- Set a daily word count goal and achieve it, looking for reasons to succeed rather than reasons to procrastinate or fail. Remember that “writers’ block” is a fabrication.
- After you complete a first draft, get away from it for several days or even a couple of weeks. Then revise and revise, declaring war on superfluous language, putting every word on trial for its life, aiming to make each sentence, as James Baldwin said, “as clean as a bone.”
- Once you’ve produced the best revision you can manage on your own, let others with strengths in proofreading and editing critique your work without holding back.
- Find the wisdom in others’ advice and feedback, but do not allow another person’s skepticism or cynicism to derail you from your love of writing and your goals.
- Remember the encouragement that Ernest Hemingway often gave himself while living and writing in Paris as a young man: “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”