10 things writers should never forget

  1. Write, leave, rewrite: Unless you’re a fecking literary genius then you won’t get it right first time. Writers should write a first draft. Leave it. Rewrite. Leave it longer and then rewrite again. Continue this process until it’s near enough perfect.
  2. You write, therefore you are a writer. Forget being published and having a bestseller for a moment – most of that is out of your control and down to luck. Write and enjoy what you write.
  3. If you want constructive criticism then give your writing to a stranger who doesn’t give a feck about your feelings. Be prepared for a bad critique – it can often hurt and hurt real bad.
  4. Find your voice: try different ways of writing. Be critical of your style. Your true voice is often not the first one you settle on.
  5. Be cruel to be kind in your rewrites. If it doesn’t work, no matter how much you like it, put a line through that cute sentence and move on.
  6. Read at least one book a week. Read the good and the bad. Be critical and decide what works and why and what doesn’t work and why.
  7. Don’t be lazy: Writing is hard work. You may have rushed through your first draft and feel elated, on top of the world. But, remember, there’s still a lot of work to do.
  8. Build your readership. Even if you haven’t finished the world’s greatest novel yet, start building a fan base. Get a blog. Tweet as though your life depends on it. Even go on facebook! The work you do now will pay dividends later.
  9. Don’t be afraid of angst. Nothing truly creative ever came from a calm mind. Ask Vincent Van Gough.
  10. If you want to be truly creative, write for yourself. Leave your blood, sweat and tears on the page. Let yourself go and write with passion.

3 thoughts on “10 things writers should never forget

  1. I love these tips, especially one and two. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Too true about #3. But necessary. Good tips!

  3. Agree with #3- Sometimes a slap in the face (figuratively!) works better than a nicely worded critique.

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