Advice to Writers
Every writer starts with a notepad, but must hone their craft, write from experience, and chase rejection for inspiration.
Hone Your Craft
The first piece of advice is to hone your craft, which comes when you read what great writers have written. Learn to properly edit with proofreader’s marks and a red pen, and write every day, anything that comes to your mind. Just write, edit, then input your corrections, then edit again, and continue to repeat that cycle at least three to 10 times per written piece until you get it right.
The second piece of advice, experience life, as you can’t write about life unless you experience it first. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing science-fiction or a historical romance, you can’t describe life in prose and dialogue unless you’ve lived and witnessed it yourself. You are who you are because of life, and a creative creates based on their life’s experiences.
Need to write how to dance in the rain, go dance in the rain, though make sure there’s no lighting first, then write about how it felt when the cool raindrops on a warm summer day bounced off your nose. You can’t write with authority and authenticity about the briny taste of sea water if you’ve never swam in the vastness of the ocean anymore than the cool wind and how it blows through your hair if you’ve never put your face into a breeze.
Finally, learn to accept rejection and use rejection to push yourself forward to improve your writing skills, to inspire you. This rejection applies to all scribes, whether you write songs, screenplays, articles for periodicals, literature, sermons, or even technical writing, you will be rejected more than you’ll be accepted — just keep writing and it will keep you going plus improve your writing craft.
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