Anyone who’s ever sat down to write a novel, or even just an important email, knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking the task can be. Now image the people who do it for a living.
In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most—and least—about their vocation. In the book, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan shared three pieces of advice all aspiring writers need to remember.
Writing Tips For Aspiring Writers
Writing Tip #1: Read at the level at which you want to write. Reading is the nourishment that feeds the kind of writing you want to do. If what you really love to read is y, it might be hard for you to write x.
Writing Tip #2: Exercising is a good analogy for writing. If you’re not used to exercising you want to avoid it forever. If you’re used to it, it feels uncomfortable and strange not to. No matter where you are in your writing career, the same is true for writing. Even fifteen minutes a day will keep you in the habit.
Writing Tip #3: You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.
Of those three tips, I feel number three is the most vital. Yes, reading at a high level is important and doing some writing during the day is better than nothing but the most important writing tip is accept the fact that a large chunk of the material that goes from the brain to the hands and onto the page will be pure crap.