WIPFor the last two weeks the blog chain has been providing advice at Cole’s request.  The advice was all SO AMAZING that both she and I compiled a list of the advice from the chain members and other people who chimed in.  Here is what I came up with:

Read as many books in your genre as possible and join a critique group. – Cole

Take it slow–make sure your writing is the best it can be, then research all you can before querying! – Rebecca

Hello.* Now forget this writing nonsense and go to dental school.** No?*** Well, then**** prepare***** for an endlessly****** difficult******* battle********. Kate

Edit, edit, edit, and when you’re sure your manuscript is polished, edit one more time. Amanda

Act like a professional writer from the beginning, and keep learning about yourself, other people, and the world. Sandra

Read your stories out loud. Kat

Strive for authenticity when writing – with your voice, your emotions and your actions.  The rest will take care of itself. – Christine

When in doubt, cutBeth R

Get your work out there — your goal is for people to see it anyway — get over your fears!!! Abi

Everyone else is writing a book, which means you can, too. Annie

When you receive a manuscript request, grab your towel and don’t panic. Agents are willing to wait while you revise. – sarah

You can’t be a writer until you sit down and actually write.BJ

Write with authority; remove all the “I thinks,” “I believes,” and “I hopes,” from your writing and

In order to have life experiences to write about you have to get out there and experience life. Shaun

Terrific list, isn’t it!  I know I’m going to print it out and put it near my desk.  Check out Cole’s blog for her expanded recap. 

What’s your advice in 20 words or less?


8 thoughts on “Writely Advice.

  1. Good advice, Wendy!

    I got a little chill reading these all together, because it’s a fantastic list. Michelle’s advice really spoke to me because I’ve been struggling w/ passive voice during my revision process.

    I might just have to print this, too… 😉

  2. What a fantastic list!

    Our advice is to enjoy the ride. Eventually if you work hard enough you’ll reach your goals, but the key to being successful AND happy is to appreciate the journey.

  3. Great advice blog chainers! Mine was “Work hard. Don’t give up.” Then I added “Finish strong” when Katie posted that on her blog.

    So “Work hard. Don’t give up. Finish strong.”

  4. Great advice from everyone. Thanks. As for the comment by Lisa to enjoy the ride, if you’re not enjoying the writing ride, you shouldn’t be a writer IMO. Find something else to do.

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