Bonnie Sparks Writes

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Writing tips

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)

  • Write.
  • 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.

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