We spent a little time last week crowd-sourcing a blog post across Twitter, Facebook, Empire Avenue and our blog. It was a fun little experiment to engage with you all as well as produce this article to share your knowledge and advice with each other.
The question we posed was:
“What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received.”
Read more to see all the advice we got back…
We’re really pleased with the feedback we received in response to our question. Here is what you all said:
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Quite simply…write everyday, write anything and everything, never stop writing.
The best writing advice I’ve ever received? “Don’t set unrealistic, self-imposed goals on your work…take your time, and do it right”
Best advice would be to read a lot! Read different styles and genres. Make notes of what YOU like about the book.
Write on what you know.
Start with what you know and then build out from there.
Best advice I’ve ever had – ‘The best way to write is whatever works for you.’
Write using your five senses! Incorporate smell, touch, taste and don’t focus just on what ur character sees and hears.
Write for your own enjoyment about things you know something about staying true to your voice.
Best writing advice rcvd: when you need to stop, do so at a point where you know how to continue.
Editing separates a real writer from a wannabe. @ChryseWymer recommended some of the best writing books that have helped so much!
Good question, I think it was to persevere when all the doubts raised their ugly heads.
Take writing advice with a grain of salt and when in doubt, write as hard as you can from your gut. Put yourself into it.
Best writing advice: “Just get it down on paper, and then we’ll see what to do about it.” – Maxwell Perkins.
John Locke on 99c books: I don’t have to prove I’m as good as the $9.99 authors, they have to prove they are 10 times better
The best writing advice would have to be NEVER give up!
Some of the best writing advice I’ve received: “The aim of a writer should be to make their reader miss their bus stop.” – R. Duncan
Best writing advice? The location of the delete and backspace keys. The hardest task in writing is killing your creations.
‘It’s a kind of zen question: if you write a book and no one reads it, is it really a book?’ Lee Child.
Writing advice: Butt in chair.
Best writing advice: Less is more. Choose your words carefully and be sure you are concise.
#1 Read voraciously. We learn to write by reading like writers – reading closely and observing & imitating craft.
#2 Trust your instincts. Be open to criticism but don’t let anyone change or rewrite your work in their image.
#3 Have a firm grasp of grammar & punctuation. If you’re not sure, look up the rule or ask someone to proof.
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Look out for that word “that”.
Try and write *something* every day. It doesn’t have to be tons, maybe just a few sentences, but writing something every day will keep your juices flowing and help with writing slumps.
An excellent piece of advice I read about came from a writing magazine I’d purchased on a whim last year (this was before I ever considered myself an author/writer; I’d always identified myself as “consultant” or “entrepreneur”). There was an interview with a writer who said that he had written so much, he never feared gutting paragraphs and pages out of his work, because he knew he had more where that came from, and you never know where these pieces can show up somewhere else. It made me realize that in writing, you need quantity before you can get to quality.
Write as though you are directly speaking to someone.
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Write everyday whether you want to or not. Write a few pages everyday and you will achieve your goals.
“Butt in chair!” – Jayne Ann Krentz.
Set smaller goals and to just write. Let it flow. Don’t force it.
Best advice? Get a good editor, and don’t try to polish your draft till it has sat unread in a drawer for a month. Only once you’ve forgotten the specifics of your words can you fairly evaluate whether they are improved by being set on paper.
Thank you all for participating.
So, what do you think to the above? Should we do another one? If so, on what topic?
Let us know in the comments below.
Happy writing, reading and rating all!
The iWriteReadRate Team