Writing

Advice For Aspiring Writers 

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.

Writing

First Drafts

They suck. But they don’t have to rot in a drawer or on a computer forever. They can get better. With time and work, they can become a sparkling story.

First drafts are first drafts for a reason.

Don’t stress about being perfect the first time around. Or even the tenth.

You don’t have to get it right on your first try. Unlike other things in life.

So write your first draft.

Put it aside.

Take your time.

Then come back to your initial draft.

Be ready to suffer.

Because you’re going to suffer.

Also, don’t put it aside and never come back either.

Your story deserves better.

You deserve better.

Writing

The Writer’s Equivalent Of Death

Deleting entire paragraphs or pages from a manuscript.

Oh, the horror.