Monday, 18 February 2019

The Best Advice For Any Aspiring Writer

   Simply write.

   Does that sound unhelpful? I thought it would.
   Ever since I published, an increasing number of writers are approaching me and asking me for tips on writing books. But they're not asking "how do I get better at dialogue?" Or "do you have any writing exercise tips?" No, they ask "How do I be a writer?" And that question isn't asking what you think it is. If someone wants to be a writer, they would have started writing, automatically, without giving it a thought. They would have pen and paper, they would have their laptop, and they would be getting their ideas down. Instead, this question is asking "how do I write a book that I can sell, and sell quickly?" They're trying to bypass the learning, perhaps because they're impatient for results, or because they're under the illusion that the first book published is the first book period, or because they're older people who assume that they already have the experience from life, or because they have a great idea.

   Well, having been asked this question 10+ times already, I sat down and gave it some thought, and put together another article on my author website: I Want To Be A Writer - Where Do I Start?
   In this article I touch on the actual intention behind the question, explain the need to write, to practice, and just why it's so important to write, write, write, even though, odds are, your first 5 stories are going to be terrible. And why that's absolutely okay.
   If you're a new writer and find yourself wondering where famous, successful or even just vaguely published writers started, read this, because it's the honest truth for all of us. I've been fortunate enough to speak to other authors, big and small, and they have all said the same - to me, and in interviews with magazines. No one is above it - it's a learning process. I said it before on twitter regarding my attempt to draw:


   This applies to pretty much every art. It's not a computer input job or engineering project. Text books offer little to nothing in terms of individual help, only guidance. Why? Because there is no right or wrong way when it comes to art. Not for the finished thing. The only 'wrong' is outlook: expecting to succeed right off the bat, and bypassing the learning. Because, in art, 'learning' is what gives you your edge, your artistic identity - your 'voice'.

If something is worth having, it doesn't come easily. You have to hone your craft.



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