Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Advice to a beginning writer...

What is the best advice to a beginning writer you could offer?

Mine would be this: once you start to write, just write… don’t get bogged down with research or dissecting your structure or worry about anything.

Just write and let the rush of starting something new push you onward. There will always be time to go back and pick apart what you have done. If you have to, keep notes of names places and scenes for references—but don’t stop composing to read what you have done until you’re DONE, or the rush will leave you behind scratching your head, or the feeling of self-doubt will creep in and the overwhelming feeling will make you feel inadequate…

Also don’t worry about word count it will come and it will all work out.

That about sums it up for me, I hope you write and make millions… best of luck!

Thx for reading and any comment you might leave.


  1. Right on!!! Totally agree. It's SO EASY to get distracted by too much early on and the most important thing is to have a starting place. I fight this ALL THE TIME. :-) Good advice.

  2. My advice for someone just starting who wants to be a good author?

    Tell the story. Don't think you have to do it a certain way, write every day, write in spurts, edit as you go, edit afterward, take advice, ignore advice, etc. etc.

    Tell the story however it works best for you, keep writing honing and writing until the story is the way you want it. That might mean stopping in the middle and starting over, that might mean writing right through in the heat of it. That might mean adding it in bits and pieces over months or years.

    Don't settle for less than the story as you want it.

    Now, if you want to be, first and foremost, a published author, the advice might be different. It's not the same.

  3. Write, write, write - - and while you don't need to worry about word count, I would strongly advise that you at least be aware, unless of course you don't care about being published. You don't want to write a 150,000 word novel for a genre that averages only 50,000 words.