Story by K.M. Weiland
The Best Writing Advice
Because writing is an art form that can largely be learned, and because it is a craft that can always be perfected, most writers learn early on to study to show themselves approved. We subscribe to magazines, buy books, read blogs, sometimes even write pleading letters to our favorite authors, begging for their advice. Some writers spend money for online schooling in hopes of learning writing secrets. We’re always on the hunt for that one sparkling bit of truth that will transform our writing into something special. Of course, we learn pretty quickly that there’s no such thing as a magic bean in the writing life. But that certainly doesn’t negate either our search for wisdom or our discoveries of the gems.
This week, I decided to conduct another (highly unscientific) survey amongst my followers on Twitter and Facebook (if you’re not following me for updates, tips, helpful links, and inspiring quotes on either of these sites, you can do so by clicking the links or the logos in the right-hand column) to discover some of the best writing advice. A big thank you to everyone who participated. Following are some of the highlights:
“Learn how to use ALL of your senses in descriptions, not just sight and hearing.”—Liberty Carty Speidel
“When revising, look at whole manuscript and fix the biggest problems first instead of starting at page 1.”—@thedaisyharris
“Read what you write out loud.”—Linda Yezak
“Learn the rules so that you know HOW and WHEN to break them.”—Rachel Smith Fernandes
“Read as much as you write.”—Shane Deal
“Read and read some more.”—Christian Jaeschke
“Write the story—the message will look after itself.”—@stuartaken
“My J-school professor told me to always write the way I speak. ‘It’s the way you’d tell a story anyway, right?’”—@GeorgiaGrlWritr
“Get in the chair (or wherever) and write. Simple but effective.”—@ericjkrause
“Write first; edit later!”—Ruth Rockafield
“Don’t stop, no matter what. Even the best writers wrote ugly when they first started.”—Virginia Burns
“Just get it down on paper first while the thoughts are still flowing. The thoughts don’t have to make sense at first....just be creative.”—MarChessa Taylor
“Ditch your inner editor until the second draft.”—Karen McGrath
“Whatever you have to do, whatever it takes, just finish!”—@valerie63
In a nutshell...
“Just be brilliant.”—Johne Cook
And one more, for all you The Andy Griffith Show fans:
“I before E except after C, and E before N in ‘chicken.’”—James Lucas Brown
So what’s the best writing advice you’ve been given? Agree or disagree with any of the advice above? Sound off! And stay tuned for next week’s sequel: “Worst Writing Advice”!
Related Posts: Read, Read, Read!
Leave a reply