Monday, April 16, 2012

10 Helpful Writing Hints from Me to You

10. Give yourself permission to "write ugly". Remember the story of the ugly duckling.

9. Don't ask for criticism unless you're ready to receive it.

8. If an idea is keeping you up at night, or knocking on the door of your imagination while you're busy doing other things, it's an idea worth paying attention to.

7. Never forget the funny.

6. Remember some days will be more productive than others.

5. Never assume your characters are finished surprising you.

4. There is such a thing as a too-complicated plot.

3. Love your characters' flaws - perfection can be really boring.

2. Your third chapter might be your first chapter in disguise.

1. Be aware of your facial expressions when you're writing. If you're smiling, you're onto a good thing.


  1. Elspeth - These are such wise words. One of the messages I get from them is that writers need to stay tuned into themselves and the story. If you're not having a productive day, pay attention; it means your creativity needs some R & R. If you're "alive" with the story, go with it. It's a matter of not ignoring what you know deep inside.

  2. I particularly like #5. I can't believe how many surprises come as I get into the writing. And they are often the most amazing and important things that I learn, things that prove to be the Key to Everything.


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