Writing can be a solitary adventure— which is exactly the way we writers like it!
By nature, most writers are introverts and enjoy the company of being alone with their characters. But every once in a while we need a little wisdom to help us along this winding path to the bookstore shelves.
I’ve been writing for ten years and have published seven novels. Over this time I’ve collected a few tidbits of advice. Some I’ve found through others and some are from my own experience. I hope one of these resonate with you.
1. Try to write every day even if it’s only one page. All those pages add up and it helps foster the habit of getting words on paper in a timely fashion.
2. Write the book of your heart and take as long as you need.
3. Ignore trends. Write what you love, what you want to read.
4. Don’t edit while you’re writing. This is the most free your writing will be, let it flow. Even misspelled words, leave them there. It’s all about moving forward.
5. You are writing for your characters. You are the only one who knows their story.
6. Be grateful for the gift of imagination.
7. Writing is hard. Respect it as such.
8. Even though it may appear differently, there is no such thing as an easy success, no matter how famous the writer. Remember that we’re all in the same industry and we want it to be thriving.
10. When in doubt, add a food scene.
Do you have any writing advice to share?