Hi, I'm Lianna.
I've been considering how easy it is for popular authors (even those of bestselling novels) to give out advice that's...well...easier said than done. I mean, it's easy for them to say -- they've done it a thousand times.
But what about new witers? Or how about aspiring novelists who just aren't as experienced as the professionals? Where do we find real advice that is actually helpful to us?
Today, I have with me several writers, all of whom are real people, with real advice.
So weather you're just barely starting out as a writer, you're in the middle of your first novel (or second even), or you just write for fun...we have advice for you.
So, please welcome all of these awesome writers! (and please do leave a comment letting me know where YOU find inspiration to write!)
indie author of YA novella "Ruby"
"My biggest piece of advice for writers/aspiring novelists is...always make sure that you get someone else to read your writing after the first draft. They will be able to notice things that aren't explained that might seem obvious to you but not to the author, and can help you with punctuation, rewording (if needed) and plot holes."
"My biggest peice of advice for any writer is...Write as much as you can. If that's every day, great. If that's every week, great. But whatever you do, make sure you stay immersed in the world of your story. Even if you only write thirty words, you're still in the world of your novel. And to have a rich story, you need to be emotionally invested. Stay in your world. Write."
"My biggest peice of advice is...Whether it's becoming a YouTuber, musician, author, filmmaker or anything else, there needs to be commitment. When it comes to content creation, the first try will never be the best. It takes the commitment of getting past those first few tries to become comfortable with your craft. Don't be discouraged by the first step."
bloger/reader/aspiring songwriter/music lover
"My biggest advice for writers is, hold on to your dream. Whatever it is that God has called you to do, do it. Stay true to yourself. If you have a passion to write, GO FOR IT! Too often, we don't let our passion turn into action, and that only leads to you becoming content in that state of mind.
Find your passion in writing. What topics do you like? What interests you most? What do you enjoy writing about? What is your goal? Then go from there.
Secondly, realize that everyone experiences setbacks. The amazing thing: you learn more as you go. Even in the failures. Even in the hardest days. You're still learning. Keep an open mind and stay strong.
Something that's really made an impact for me: Friendships. Have those people in your life that you can talk to in the good times and the bad. You're a writer. Not Batman. (Orrr..maybe you are Batman. Which is awesome too.)
Point is: even superheroes have their sidekicks. Get that group of partners in crime. Er, writing. Show them your work. Talk to them about it. Ask for their opinion, thoughts, what could make it better, etc. Take them out for coffee and just mingle over writing for a while, why don't you?
The only other thing I would add--have fun! And enjoy where the journey takes you.
novelist and fangirl
"I’ve been into creative writing pretty much ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil and scribble down the words “The End.” However, I am a huge procrastinator, which means that deadlines and I don’t mix very well. I tend to write in bursts of inspiration and I’ve had to learn not to force it. If I don’t have an idea for whatever project I’m working on, I’ll listen to music or work on something else, but trying to force myself to work on it will accomplish nothing besides killing any motivation I have and burning the idea down to the ground.
One of the main things that helps me when I’m dying to write but also literally dying whenever I try is talking to my brother, Nathaniel. Having someone creative (even if they’re not a writer themselves) to bat ideas around with is incredibly helpful, and I’d definitely recommend finding someone who will be willing to participate in animated and lengthy 2 AM debates about time paradoxes or whether or not inserting a superhero who gains his powers by eating blueberry waffles into your story is a good idea. And if that person is also willing to be a beta reader, all the better. Plot holes will always creep in, and having someone to point them out in a constructive way will help the story flow better for the rest of your readers. That said, don't be discouraged if your story isn't perfect by the first draft. That's what editors are for. :)"
I am absolutely loving what these amazing people have to say. I already feel inspired, myself. Thanks so much to all of you writers, for sharing your advice and experiences!
Keep on writing. xx