So far I don’t have an extensive list of writing tips, but I’m working on it. You’ve got to love first hand experience don’t you? I’ll post those when I have some more to make a decent list, but for now I’m going to share some of the ones from others that I use at times because sometimes it can give you an insight when it comes from an experienced writer.
Kurt Vonnegut (for the full list check out Bagombo Snuff Box)
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
James Phelan (for the full list scroll down)
- Don’t wait for inspiration. Discipline is the key: it allows creative freedom.
- Never stop when you are stuck – write something else and you’ll figure it out.
- Always carry a notebook.
- Reread, rewrite, reread, rewrite. That’s when the writing shines.
- That said, don’t overwrite. Nothing worse.
- Never worry about the commercial possibilities of a project. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.
- Write every day. Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined. Graham Greene wrote 500 words a day.
- Don’t take any shit and take no notice of anyone you don’t respect.
- Ignore advice about writing and throw out the rules. If being a novelist is your dream, live it.