25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

As most writers seem to need both some encouragement, and also another reason to procrastinate, have a glance at this site, which includes some tips from some of the great authors.

Includes such gems as:

Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined. Lots of writers get a bit OCD-ish about this. Graham Greene famously wrote 500 words a day. Jean Plaidy managed 5,000 before lunch, then spent the afternoon answering fan mail. My minimum is 1,000 words a day – which is sometimes easy to achieve, and is sometimes, frankly, like shitting a brick, but I will make myself stay at my desk until I’ve got there, because I know that by doing that I am inching the book forward. Those 1,000 words might well be rubbish – they often are. But then, it is always easier to return to rubbish words at a later date and make them better.”

From one of my favourite authors, Sarah Waters.

And:

When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

From Neil Gaiman, another favorite of mine.

And finally:

The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.”

from Anne Enwright.

Isn’t that the truth?

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer :: Tips :: The 99 Percent.

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