Why to Practice Writing.
I listened to a speaker recently who gave some tips to success, and, although he spoke at a nursing convention, I found them very practical for writing.
1) Find your gift.
2) Developed your gift, because people don’t pay for average.
That average part caught my ear and yet, it is so true. People, no matter who they are, want to read the best there is out there. People don’t want to read only a mediocre book. Although a few mediocre books do become best sellers, and make people a whole bunch of money, is the teenage audience of twilight going to come back and read the twentieth book she writes, in fifteen years from now? But will the person who loves reading, and who found an excellent book, come back and read that author’s twentieth book?
I can answer most assuredly–yes. Because a good author–a truly good author–is a jewel that someone holds onto for forever, unless that author goes downhill. (I had that happen to me. It’s truly a sad event.)
As writers, remember, people don’t pay for average, so develop your craft.
How to write less badly.
When an article is named like my subject, it’s hard to compete with coming up with something as equally interesting. Because seriously, less badly sounds wrong.
That being said, my friend shared a link about how to write less badly. But just the highlights here.
2. Set goals based on output, not input. “I will work for three hours” is a delusion; “I will type three double-spaced pages” is a goal.
4. Give yourself time.
5. Everyone’s unwritten work is brilliant. And the more unwritten it is, the more brilliant it is.
7. Write, then squeeze the other things in.
8. Not all of your thoughts are profound. Many people get frustrated because they can’t get an analytical purchase on the big questions that interest them. Then they don’t write at all.
9. Your most profound thoughts are often wrong. Or, at least, they are not completely correct.
And then my most favorite thing of all time:
10. Edit your work, over and over.
I do encourage you to read the whole article however, since it is quite good, and since I only gave you a small outline of it here.
Hope to the Young Writer
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.