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theseashell

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What's the best piece of writing advice someone gave you?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 2:43 PM
 
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Hey y'all...

Just curious what was the best piece of writing advice you received.

Sometimes we have those quotes we always quote... inspirational stuff... or perspective.

When I decided to make my leap of faith away from engineering in Los Angeles to move back home to Detroit in 1995, the senior scientist I worked with asked why I was leaving... if it was something he did. And I told him that he was really a delight to have as my mentor... but that I wasn't experiencing the creativity I desired in my life. I'm good at math and science, but I don't love it.

He then told me: [i]"I applaud your decision... myself, as a PhD who writes the computer code the company uses to analyze satellite antennas, every day is creative for me. I'm the master of my own destiny in a sense[/i]."

He then thought a moment and said, "Y[i]ou know... the only truly happy people I know are those who are creative on a daily basis[/i]."

That last one has stuck with me for the past 17 years.

My drumming teacher then added one right as I was getting ready to drive across the country in saying: "[i]It's only the conductor at the helm who can keep a train from coming down the tracks[/i]."

Those two are different sides to the same coin that sent me on my way in July of 1995...

Do you have something similar to share for us all?

Thanks in advance...
Brian Shell
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Re: What's the best piece of writing advice someone gave you?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 2:51 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
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The best advice I've been given is "Shutup and write."

It's really good advice.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:01 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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The writer's workshop, "Make Your Words Work" by Gary Provost. Rated as one of the top three workshops in the world. If you can't take the time to attend the full course, you can buy the book.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:04 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
 
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Two, actually. The first from the teacher who first believed in me as a young and very bad writer, "Write about the things you know." The second from a highly successful playwright "Write the (book) you want to write. Even if it's not a commercial success, you will have satisfied yourself." These two truisms have allowed me to find pleasure in my work and to believe in it enough to put it out there for others to read.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:55 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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[i]Write a lot and read a lot.[/i]

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dameleo

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 4:06 PM   in response to: jrcsalter in response to: jrcsalter
 
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"Keep writing. Don't stop." and so I do, only now it's published :-D Thank you Amazon, Kindle.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 4:12 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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"Having a bunch of outlines and unfinished manuscripts on your hard drive doesn't make you a writer. It makes you a waste of talent. Finish something."
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 6:02 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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[i]"It takes ten years of writing before you will know if you are any good," writing center tutor.[/i] I always disliked this tutor, and never asked his help again. I thought I was good. I will be my best in 8 years. This is the beginning of my seventh writing year in my life.

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 6:21 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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"Honey, sex sells."

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 6:52 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
 
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Forget about marketing just write.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:04 PM   in response to: theseashell in response to: theseashell
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"Just write the damn thing." Here is a blog post about it. The original post was not aimed at e-book authors, but it is still good advice.

http://www.publishing4profit.com/Just_Write_The_Damn_Thing.htm
theseashell

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:11 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
 
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I totally agree with that one Saxon.... when I used to have co-writers... one of them said: "I can't tell if I'm a writer or if I'm just writing."

If ya have ta ask...
theseashell

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:15 PM   in response to: hearts12 in response to: hearts12
 
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Thanks there Hearts...

Similar ones are "a writer writes" and "a writer writes what they know."

I think Oscar Wilde mentioned: "You have to live life in order to express it."
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:16 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
 
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I love that Saxon!

I have a friend who journals all of the time and has aspirations to be a writer. She can come up with the most interesting characters and ideas that I've ever heard. She trully has a talent for that. But she has yet to put those characters and ideas into a completed story. When she asks for help, I usually respond with some form of that expression. Now I think I'll just say it like that. "Shut up and write." LOL
theseashell

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 7:19 PM   in response to: misternixter in response to: misternixter
 
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For all those posts who say their advice given to them is "Just write"

After I met Kevin J. Anderson (now co-writer of the continuation of the Dune series... as well as a lot of other stuff), I had him check out my MySpace page in 2007 (and this was before I published my first book). It was a huge page I created that took 10 minutes to scroll down.

He took the time to view it... and then wrote:

"If you're always on MySpace... you're not writing."

I believe he has well over 100 books published now...

And now that I have 21 published... I know he was right... write!

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