A lot of writers have ‘rules’ they work by – so I thought I’d share my top ten.
- Write every day. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes.
- Planning is important. There’s a debate over ‘seat-of-the-pants’ streams of consciousness versus planning. But trust me, in today’s market, it’s planning. And re-planning.
- If you can, put what you write in the proverbial drawer for a month after you think it’s finished. Then go back and finish it.
- All writers think their own work sucks. Live with it.
- Always keep trying. No matter how glum things seem to be, keep at it. If one strategy doesn’t work, switch to another.
- Never begrudge another author’s success. Champion them.
- Writing isn’t over when the first draft’s done. That’s only the beginning.
- Revision is really part of the writing process.
- Never be afraid to throw writing away and re-cast from scratch.
- Always finish what you begin (this is where the throwing away comes in – you start afresh and then finish).
But you know what the underlying pivot us? Have fun. If you’re enthused, inspired and sparking on your subject, that’ll infuse itself into your writing. And readers will want to read it.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015