I love giving bad writing advice.
- When you want to quit, remember why you started.
- You don’t have to get your story right the first time. Or the fifteenth.
- Your piece should be as long as it needs to be. No more. No less.
- Read what you want, when you want, where you want. Just read something.
- Write often. Even when you don’t feel like it.
- Turn off your inner critic while writing. Turn on the critic while editing.
- Let that idea in your head make it into the paper. A bad page is better than a blank one.
- Have fun with the first draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect. First drafts are supposed to suck. Editing exists for a reason.
- Get better and better with every failure. Not trying is worse than failing.
- Adjust. Change what doesn’t work. Improve what does.
- Stop worrying. You’re wasting time you’ll never get back.
- Make the most of what you have. Even and especially when you don’t have much.
- Keep learning. Don’t ever stop learning.
- Live your life. Then relive your life through writing.
- Never settle for anything less than your best. Why do anything if you aren’t going to give it your all?
I also love soliciting good writing advice.