“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” — Anton Chekhov
This month I told myself that I was going to blog more. The other day I posted a blog on what I hoped to achieve in this coming year, and today I wanted to share my writing advice — amateur as it might be. I’ve been writing for about four or so years and I’ve picked up a few things along the way — either from personal experiences, or from what other people have told me. Each and every piece of advice I’ve been given has been valuable in their own way, and I wanted to share some of the things that I, personally, have helped me along the frighting path of writing a novel.
5. Write. You’re probably grinning now, thinking, Is this chick for real? But here me out: I think I have a valid point on this one. Writing, by no stretch of the imagination, is an easy thing to do, and sometimes, there are days where you’ll wonder why you even wanted to be a writer in the first place. But the fact remains: You. Have. To. Write. Blindingly obvious…sometimes not so simple to follow through. When I’m writing a first draft, I am for at least 1,000 words a day — sometimes I achieve more, sometimes I barely scratch that 1,000 words. Even when I don’t feel like writing, I still write. Want to know why? Because your novel ain’t going to write itself.
4. Set yourself goals. I find that I can write more when I have a ‘deadline’ so to speak. I’m not a published author, so I don’t have people giving me strict deadlines, so I give them to myself. Motivation is a big thing for me — either I’m very, very motivated, or I have no motivation to write or edit at all, which is where giving myself a deadline comes in handy.
3. Realize that your first draft is going to be crap. And you know what? It’s totally okay. That’s what editing and revision is for.
2. Show, don’t tell. As demonstrated in the above quote, the ‘show don’t tell’ rule can have a massive effect on your writing. If you don’t know what it is or how to apply it to your writing, check out this site here. If you’re looking for key words to quickly search and rectify show don’t tell in your novel, I found this site very helpful.
1. Learn to accept criticism. I’m not going to elaborate on this right now, because I have a whole post I plan on writing about criticism in the coming weeks, but it’s crucial as a writer to know how to accept criticism.
What are your top tips for a writer?
See you next time,