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Favorite Tips?

I spent a good portion of the morning reading online craft articles, and I've been sitting here for the past half hour, alternating between deleting what I've typed and staring at a blinking cursor. Since no brilliant blog topic seems to be jumping out at me (not that brilliance is generally one of my traits :grin: ), I'm going to ask a couple of questions instead.

What are some of your favorite writing tips?
What's the best writing advice you've ever received? The worst?

I think the best advice I've received is to grow a thick skin and not take rejection personally. The worst advice--follow the rules and don't push too many boundaries. I tried to follow the rules with my first couple of books, but since then I've learned which ones should be broken, which ones I can get away with bending, and pushing boundaries is actually a lot of fun. :)


Blogger Joan Swan said...

I loved this article by Robert Gregory Browne:


I've had so many fabulous tips, I can't remember where they came from or when I heard them...they are merge together to become what I know about writing thus far.

But I've got some great links on my website:


7:46 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

The best piece of advice I ever got was from my 8th grade English teacher, who told us to write like we talk. Seems obvious, but lots of folks apparently think writing is entirely different from the spoken word. In any event, I can't recall any particularly bad advice per sea, but I did take to heart an OPINION that wasn't terribly useful from someone who doesn't read the genre--she said my love scenes weren't believable--which as it turns out wasn't true. So I suppose that leads to another piece of advice--take all opinions with a grain of salt!

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Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I love Maggie's comment about writing like you talk. The biggest compliment I ever got was from a friend who said she loves to read my stuff because it sounds just like me.

I can't remember any fabulous tips right now except to write what you love.

Great post, Elisa!

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