Thursday, May 17, 2018

3 Tips for Writers #amwriting

1) Develop a daily writing habit.It doesn't matter if you write only 100 words a day or 3000. But you should sit down at your computer every day and work on your story/stories. This will train your brain to the task and create the discipline you need to write fiction.

2) Commit to finishing things.Neil Gaiman: “Writer advice... Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot & outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write.”

While all of this is good advice, I particularly want you to note the "finish things" portion of this advice. It is very tempting to get distracted by the next shiny idea that comes along when we are in the middle of project. It happens to us all. But it is very important that you don't jump ship every time, or you will find that you are often swimming in the ocean without really getting anywhere.

I recommend that you create an outline for every project early on (when you are still excited and invested in the project) and when the days get hard or the shiny idea arrives, stick to your outline. Imagine your best Hagrid from Harry Potter voice: Stick to your outline, Harry. Stick to your outline.
Rely on your earlier, more energetic self to carry you through to the end.
3) Read.In order to be a good writer, you MUST be reading. Read books in your genre for inspiration. Read books outside it for fresh perspectives and maybe learn some tricks! Almost any writer will tell you that reading is paramount to writing and you can't have one without the other. But I like how Stephen King has put it, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time and tools it takes to write."

Wishing you a productive writing week,