Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Writing Advice

Mindy here. In the years that I've been writing I've received loads of advice. Some of it, I later learned, was a bit misguided, while others I go back to time after time. I suppose, if I were to narrow it down to the one best tip I've ever gotten, the one I pass on to other writers, it would be this: Just write. You can always go back and fix it later, but you can't fix a blank page. Whenever I'm struggling, wondering where to go next, I remind myself that it's okay to write bad. The point is that I write.

So now I'm wondering about you. If you could give a new writer only one piece of advice, what would it be? What has helped you more in your writing than anything else?

Happy Tuesday!

4 comments:

  1. Great advice, Mindy. I think I'd add, find a good critique group.

    (I sure do miss you all!)

    Big hugs from Idaho,
    Lisa

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  2. We miss you too, Lisa. And you're right. A good critique group will challenge you and cheer you on to be a better writer.

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  3. I'd probably say the best advice I've gotten is to keep moving. Don't keep reworking the same book over and over. The first book/s may just be learning books.

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  4. Since I am not a writter but am a reader, all I could suggest is to try to always write something new. I like to read the Amish books but seems now that is all anyone writes about. They are good but too many writing about this subject.
    that is my suggestion for all it is worth.

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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