Members of the Muse Community offer these writing tips for your writer's soul:
Michelle Bailey Webster, author
"The Christmas of Miracles"
1) Follow your dream and stay true to it...but be willing to accept if the timing isn't right for you or your family - if the timing isn't right now, it will be at a later date, trust that.
2) On your first draft, let the story write itself. On the second draft, don't change the voices of the characters to fit the desires of your friends that you shared your ms with. On the third draft, delete every word, sentence paragraph that isn't an absolute necessity. Be ready to get rid of 30% of your ms. On your fourth draft, just look for mechanical errors. On the 20th draft, be willing to accept that there are always ways to change/improve the story, but at some point you gotta call it a day.
1. Do not submit too early. Make sure your MS is
the best it can be. Expand if you wish, but this is a trap that I fell into
when I started.
Alan M. Toback:
#1 - Use your own 'life' as a resource for
creativity. The life you have led can be/is very interesting and has so
much detail to enthral the
Kevin R. Tipple
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Don't throw away your old unsold work in a fit of rage. It may come back to haunt you.
1) For writer's block, go somewhere new. Take something new. Take
along a small notepad, so that you can write when inspiration smacks you
upside the head. I find a hike is the most relaxing activity for me.
2) The sentences/paragraphs that you like the most are the ones that
need the most rework. Don't fret, it will come out beautifully.
3) Read to your kids. Tell them stories. Soon enough, they will be
surpassing you with their skill.
1. Refuse to believe in writers block. Believing
in it and worrying about it only gives it power over you.
From a newbie in the writing field. Even though I
have been writing for
My favorite comment comes from Wayne Gretzky,
Whiskey Creek Press Author
Amaya's Keep Sept. 2005
The Letter Nov . 2005
Protecting Rena Feb. 2006
You will never succeed without risking failure.
Return to UKOO, where imagination,
A. Don't compare. Don't self-judge
your writing by comparing it to other authors. Comparison is but a learning
device. Only you can write what and how you do. You have a gift to share
with the world and only you think the way you do or has your voice.
B. Have fun! Feel free to laugh at and with yourself. Make mistakes boldly! Remember the story comes to full life in the rewrites.
C. It's not the author, it's
the story. Put all your vision into your story, not on who is writing it.
When you become lost in your word-baby your gift is coming forth into the
world. Later you can say, "I wrote this? Wow! I didn't know I could do
1 - Writing is 90% dedication and 10% talent - and
that 10% can be
of the Young Adult Fantasy Novel
The Rock of Realm
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