We all know that there is no better advice for writing than to just simply “write” and “write more”. But sometimes you legit need a bit more motivation and guidance because hell, writing a whole book is damn hard.
So why not leech the knowledge from brains who have been there and done it? It makes sense. And it’s a productive form of procrastination. Stop writing, for a few minutes, and receive the all oomph you need, right here, to get that novel out and into the world.
1. Why not start at the top? The queen that is JK:
It's all in the planning! Break it down into sections, estimate word count 4 each & tackle it bit by bit. Good luck! https://t.co/PIOTmvBolJ
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 8, 2017
And this is applicable to any and all kinds of writing. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Truth.
2. Laini Taylor, author of the much anticipated ‘Strange the Dreamer’, wants you to be formidable:
— AlvaradoFrazier (@AlvaradoFrazier) May 1, 2016
Or whatever weapon you choose, really. Machete, long pointy stick, wet fish.
3. Yep. Pretty much.
@ospodcast I was asked to share writing advice with you, but the only advice I have is to read broadly, which you clearly already do. DFTBA!
— John Green (@johngreen) April 8, 2016
And if it’s good enough for John Green…
4. The boss lady that is Maggie Stiefvater will set you on the right track:
"Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?"
Life's too short to wear manky underwear.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) February 5, 2016
Which actually translates to: Personal hygiene and self care is important. Even when you’re hiding in that writing cave. Come out and change your pants now and then.
5. And just one more for the road from Maggie:
Here is a piece of writing advice: a piece of cake is worth a thousand words. pic.twitter.com/sSmuccoVYu
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) July 7, 2015
She tells much truth.
6. Sometimes you just have to write what makes you happy.
Making people care abt your characters is H A R D. (Which is why fanfiction is fun to write. And why reboots/franchises are so seductive.)
— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) January 5, 2017
So if you’re working on a retelling? You do you and it’ll rock.
7. A very true statement from Maggie Harcourt:
Write hard, write fast, write crazy. First drafts aren't pretty (or good) – but you can't fix what you never wrote! https://t.co/w1v7BdMIAD
— Maggie Harcourt (@maggieharcourt) July 6, 2016
Don’t be scared to get it wrong. Because who sees it other than you at first?
8. And just a quick reminder that everyone will write a novel differently…
Jenny and I have discovered that we take pictures the way we write.I take a TON, then edit down.She takes like two perfecctly composed shots
— morgan matson (@morgan_m) June 18, 2016
It’s important to find your own jam and go with it.
9. Stiefvater again, but this time with something a little more practical?
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) June 7, 2016
And hella scary. All those words, man… All those words…
10. And days like this happen:
Essentially – lots of staring at a laptop screen, Starbucks, and Murphy sleeping next to me while I write. #TUEday
— morgan matson (@morgan_m) April 19, 2016
You can’t expect to write 10k a day, everyday.
11. And finally…
Sometimes I think the best advice for new writers is to ignore absolutely everything you see on Twitter about writing.
— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) July 11, 2015
Welp. Ok. There you have it! So stop looking at this and go write that novel, dammit. Write, edit, write some more, edit some more, submit, sit back. Published. YAAS!
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Share it in the comments below.