By: Kendra Elliot
Congratulations to Dana and Erin, the winners in Kendra's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
Recently a diverse group of writers I hang with wrote blogs about the worst writing advice they ever received. These blogs were fun to read. I thought, “Great topic! I can do that.”
So I sat down to write my own. And I came up blank. Am I so rare that I wasn’t given a bunch of crappy advice that threw off my writing journey? Not even a little bit? How is that possible? The more I examined this odd notion, the more I attributed it to belonging to Romance Writers of America.
Writers who belong to RWA know their stuff. RWA is committed to educating their members. There are over one hundred workshops being offered at RWA National in Anaheim next week. And no one will say that you must do something a certain way. These authors give guidance and advice, not rules. They offer their experience and suggestions. They teach what works for them and what has helped other writers. RWA members know every writing rule has been successfully broken. When an experienced writer gives advice, I listen carefully and either try it or toss it.
Advice that didn’t work for me but works for plenty of other writers:
Write every day: Hell no. I need laptop-free days.
Join a critique group: I work best on my own. I’m cruel critique giver—just ask my husband.
Outline your book: I’m a major planner and thought this would be perfect for me. Wrong. My best ideas appear out of nowhere as I’m writing.
Get up at 4 AM to write: Only if I go to bed at 8 PM. I need sleep.
Advice that did work:
Set reasonable goals and stick to them. I like weekly word count goals instead of daily.
Write what you love, not for the market. I love romantic suspense.
Don’t give up. I’ve taken some long breaks from writing but always knew I wasn’t done.
Write until luck happens. Enough said.
Please come say hello if you’re going to be in Los Angeles on July 25th. The RWA Readers for Life Literacy signing will be at the Anaheim Convention Center and is open to the public. Five hundred of your favorite authors will be signing their books and admission is free, but no outside books will be allowed. http://www.rwa.org/cs/literacy_autographing
What is the worst advice you've been given...writing or otherwise?
Kendra will be awarding prizes to 2 winners! One will be a print copy of HIDDEN, the other winner will receive an ARC copy of her August release, CHILLED.
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