Writing Tip Wednesday: Advice Quotes.

I was reading some very good (and sometimes very funny) advice from writers over at The Guardian website and thought I’d share some of those useful writing tips I read.

PD James says: ‘Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.’

She also suggests: ‘Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.’

Neil Gaiman says to ‘Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.’

And ‘The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.’

Esther Freud says ‘Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life.’

And ‘Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.’

And from Margaret Atwood we have these gems:
‘Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.’ (A very practical tip I advise you adhere to.)

‘You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.’

If you want to read the rest of the writing tips in the article you can go here

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