I wish I’d known a few more things about writing when I started out, so I’ve compiled a list of useful tips and advice from other writers that might help both seasoned pros and newbies alike.
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“Make sure you have fun foremost.” Glendon Perkins
“Don’t worry about if it’s any good or not, just write.” Kyra Halland
“Wish I’d known that not everyone who critiques your writing knows what they’re talking about, including me.” Roland Boykin
“Start building a platform or following when you start writing.” Rebecca P. McCray
“I wrote a whole long novel before I learned I needed to learn things.” Louis Doggett
“Don’t write what you know, write what you love. And don’t force yourself to focus on one writing task if the words aren’t coming. A blog post, a time line, notes, even ideas for a new project. Sometimes the mind needs a rest, and new inspiration.” Penny Ruggaber
“Write the scenes and chapters in order and summarise them as you go.” Mark Mercieca
“Don’t let fear of rejection stop you. Look how many times you’ve been rejected just to get where you are in life. Smack downs happen, write anyway.” Mary Martin
“You’ll have days where the last you want to do is write. Write anyway. You will thank yourself later.” Tim McEnroe
“Do not compare yourself to other writers. What works for them may not work for you.” AND… “In the beginning, don’t stress over building a platform/being on social media. Focus on writing. Writing must always come first.” Alice Janell
“The only true failure is giving up.” Angeline Trevena
“Before you become a writer, you must become a reader. Read as many different books as possible. Not just the genre you plan to write, but others outside your comfort zone to see the various styles of writing.” Chris Mentzer
Write what hurts; hide it in your writing and your story will ring with sincerity.” L.K. Evans
You might also like the tongue-in-cheek The Cretin’s Top Ten Tips to Being the Greatest Writer Ever.
If you liked this post, check out some of the other posts in the “Things I Wish I Knew About” series: Author Promotion, Point Of View, Critiquing, Dealing With Rejection, Editing Your Own Work, Short Stories, Creating Characters, Story Development, First Drafts, and Worldbuilding.