Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Best Writing Advice Part 2 #IWSG
Insecure Writer's Support Group website. It's because of your readiness to share great advice and to support each other. I'm truly warmed and gratified to be a part of this community.
Consequently, I want to share just some of the advice given in the comments for my post, The Best Writing Advice Ever. It would be a shame for these tips to become lost in the comments. In my post, I wrote that the best advice I've ever been given is to keep writing and don't give up. I put out the question, what other advice have you been given that's been invaluable? Below are some of your answers:
Stephen Tremp, L Diane Wolfe and Kittie Howard mentioned how important it is to write about what you love: "Write what you're passionate about. If you don't, it will show."—L Diane Wolfe.
Along similar lines, Patsy Collins said, "Write what you enjoy rather than what you think will sell".
"Often as beginners we spend too much time worrying about all the advice." A very true statement (and one I wish to expand on in a future post) from S P Bowers.
Jemi Fraser was the first to mention how important it is to read. Laura Pauling also emphasised this, along with Jay Noel and Nas.
Madeline Mora-Summonte mentioned the importance of hard work and quoted Stephen King: "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
Toinette Thomas said the best advice she was given was to get some beta readers.
Susan Gowley/Kelley said, "As soon as you finish one project, dig into the next or have more than one going at a time."
"Just keep writing everyday." --Pat Hatt
"Finish what you start." --Chris Andrews and Charlotte Brentwood.
Nicole Singer shared what her crit group told her on her first day: "Don't take what we say personally, but take it to heart."
"Put a manuscript away and don't revise it immediately." Wise words from Medeia Sharif.
"'There's an audience for everything.' We shouldn't be discouraged if we feel like our writing isn't as epic as someone else's. It's the core emotions and feel that carry book, and there WILL be people who identify with your core." --Crystal Collier
Denise Covey shared advice she read in Donald Maas' writing tips: Dig deep to make the story worth reading.
And to finish off with a chuckle, Shallee McArthur shared what a teacher once told her: The two keys to a good book are to have a unique take on something, and not to suck.
From this great pool of advice, which have you recently found the most encouraging and helpful? Which do you find particularly difficult to follow through on? Is there any other advice you'd like to share?
This post was written for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. On the first Wednesday of every month, we post about our insecurities or share encouragement. To join the group or find out more info, click here.
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