You don’t get better at writing by avoiding reading and writing until you are better at writing.
You don’t need to be master wordsmith each day. A single scene or a nice turn of phrase means you are now that much better at writing in general.
It’s also okay if what you wrote turns out to be drivel. You learn by working out what NOT to do, as well as by working out what TO do.
You will be the only person who knows if your work didn’t turn out how you intended. Only you see the things that are in your head but never made it to the page. No one else will know unless you tell them.
Don’t compare yourself to others. You only get to see their best stuff, while you see ALL of you work. Good or bad. So don’t compare a garbled first draft, written in the wee hours of the morning, with a published work.
Just keep writing. You only fail if you stop.
Totally agree with this post, especially about ‘faux-twist’ endings. So drop in, read, spread the love.
Well, I guess great minds do think alike. So following up from yesterday’s post have a look at…
Dear World Please Kill Me,
Hello all you sons of Mars, daughters of Venus, and queers of Uranus (no offense intended, I just wanted to include everyone. #sendingpositivevibes.) So I figured…
I’ve already published a few pieces dealing with the mechanics of writing, combinations of things I’ve personally learnt and advice purloined from elsewhere that is just too good not to share.
In line with these existing posts, I’m starting a fortnightly, maybe weekly if inspiration strikes, series of posts related to the craft of writing. These will all be original content posts, (no re-posts or short ‘picture and inspirational quote’ meme posts) and will all be linked by the Under the Hood category that you can peruse by the menus on the right side of this page. Looking under the novel’s hood as it were.
My goal is to help aspiring authors, struggling writers, and frustrated self-publishers. Along the way, I’m hoping to cement my own craft and maybe expand my reach. I only ask that if you find something worthwhile that you share it amongst your own networks.
For the starting writer, there are just so many things you should know. Preparation, proper grammar, research, writing, genre rules, editing, design and eventually publishing are all scary steps towards either authorship or alcoholism. Sadly before you start you can’t actually know which things you need to know. This catch 22 means you really have 4 options…
- Don’t start. That way quitting lies.
- Don’t start until you’ve finished. That way madness lies
- Start anyway and just remember that life = pain
- Make use of the pain, sweat, tears and caffeine poisoning that others have endured before you.
Now before you get started, repeat after me…
ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn