Sometimes it's better not to ask what goes on in a writer's head.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
There's one big thing I've learned personally: it's okay to make spelling mistakes. It's okay to make errors. It's okay if you're missing a comma here and there. Trust me: it's not the end of the world if your draft isn't perfect. No one expects it to be. Get your piece written, get some advice, and then go back and edit the hell out of it. Because it will need edits. Every story needs edits. Thinking you're perfect will only make it that much harder to get recognized seriously. Find a few people whose opinions you genuinely trust, such as a group of like-minded individuals or fellow writers, and ask them what they think. If you're project is long term and you have a group helping you as you go, so much the better, because you will improve and make less mistakes - or different ones, anyway - as you go on. So turn off spell check, set your timer, and write. Until the final publishing, you can always go back and fix it later.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I have decided to begin a blog offering some tidbits of information regarding writing and the things I have learned about it in my own book-bound journey. While many would not consider me an 'experienced' writer, there are useful little pieces of advice I've come across that I would like to share, regardless of whether or not you think I don't know what I'm talking about. Most of this has come from collaborating with other writers. Some has come from respected teachers. Very little (if any at all) has come from my own head. I would not be so presumptuous as to assume that I alone have come up with a piece of advice. So I would like to share these bits with anyone who's interested. Even if it doesn't help you, it may help someone, and that is the key to any writing. As long as it reaches someone who needs it, it can never be a waste.