I had promised to post a new set of three authors offering writing tips every Friday evening but this is the
second third time in a row I have forgotten to do so. Hmmm… Maybe I should just promise to post every Saturday? Or even better, forgo the promise… I know what I’ll do.
New announcement: I have long thought the advice offered to aspiring writers in answer to question ten of my Ten Terrifying Questions deserved a vehicle of its own. Well, here it is. I shall post the advice of three very different writers every [mumble mumble]. Is that clear? Every [mumble mumble].
Bit of history: On March 1, 2010 I posted the first of the Ten Terrifying Questions author interviews. Since that date I have posted over 200 interviews with authors ranging from mega selling global stars like Jackie Collins and Lee Child to brilliant, relatively unknown debut authors such as Favel Parret and Rebecca James.
Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
“Authors don’t earn much so it is a good idea to have a day job, preferably a lucrative one that does not take up a lot of your time. Like bank robbing, cat burgling or being a super model. (T.S. Eliot did all of these things).”
1. Read at the same level at which you hope to write.
2. Make writing a regular part of your daily routine—even just a tiny amount per day—so that it feels more natural to write than not to.
3. Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good, or forms a base on which to build something better.“
I am constantly astounded by the number of young would-be writers who do not read.
They don’t have time, they tell me.
Bullshit, I reply.
If you can’t be bothered reading, do not bother trying to write. You’ll fail. “