We all want to write better. But how? Everyone has a list of writers they admire and some of those have given tips for ‘how to’ get started, keep writing, get finished, get published. Today I thought I would throw a few into the melting pot. Not 10 tips from any one writer, but a selection, some good, some bad, some funny, some silly. But it’s Saturday. Silly is allowed on Saturdays.
- Neil Gaiman says Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
- Will Self says ‘Don’t look back until you’ve completed an entire draft.’
- Elmore Leonard said using adverbs is a mortal sin.
- Margaret Atwood suggests you do back exercises: pain is distracting.
- Hilary Mantel says write a book you would like to read.
- Stephen King says cut down your text by 10%.
- Joanne Harris says do write for pleasure, don’t write for therapy.
- Joyce Carol Oates says be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but ruthless.
- P. D. James says we should increase our word power. The greater your vocabulary, the more effective your writing.
- Ian Rankin suggests you get lucky and then stay lucky.
That’s it then. 10 great tips to make us better. Hmm. Maybe not enough. I’ve left a list of related articles from which I culled these gems. Might need to visit them and get a few more ideas.
Happy Saturday, Happy Writing!