If you asked me what advice I would give to other writers there would be one thing right at the top of my list:
“Follow Your Heart.”
This sounds easy but it isn’t. It’s extremely difficult at times. We have so many other sources of info to give us advice, tips, writing exercises. These are all great. But everyone has something which works for them. Everyone has their own direction or path with writing.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the details of writing, in trying to get better at it or comparing ourselves to others, that we forget what it is we love about it. It becomes work instead of art. Now there’s nothing wrong with that.
But remember that whatever advice you read, wherever you read it, follow what feels true to your heart.
Sometimes you’ll think that doing this new writing exercise you’ve found won’t hurt. It’s nice to try something new. But after you’ve done it you don’t feel the same about that piece of writing as with your other stuff. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. It may feel forced or unnatural for you. Always try to keep in touch with what you love about writing. It’s not always about the details sometimes it’s about the feeling you get when you write.
Plus, try not to compete too much, whether it’s with yourself or others. Everyone is different and for some people competitiveness kills their creativity and their individuality rather than enhancing it. Focus on appreciating the fact that you’re different and that others are different as well.
- Writing is all about Writing (mindmatterink.wordpress.com)
- Focus Your Writing Projects (bardicblogger.wordpress.com)
- Babbles from Scott Eagan: Sorry To Say This But Critiques and Reviews Are Not Always Warm Fuzzies (breiwilson.com)
- Five tips to help you with your Author Bio (via Haley is Soldiering through the Writing World ) (gabrielletheauthoress.wordpress.com)