Useful Writing Advice

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’ve had a lovely day today: I’ve done a lot of reading, writing, violin playing, and tweeting about Ukraine. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday, right?

Speaking of writing, I’ve read some good writing advice in the past week. The first is an interview with Amanda Hocking, an awesome young adult author whose work I love. The first book in her latest series just came out, so she did a Q&A on Goodreads. My favorite advice she gives is this, in answer to a question about what advice she’d give to first-time writers.

Don’t get married to your first book or idea. Write your first book, put it in a drawer, and then write your second. It seems to me that a lot of writers get hung up on their first idea, their first book, but here’s the truth: Almost universally speaking, the first book you write will be terrible. I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule, but I would say that rarely is the first published work by an author the first thing they wrote. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t love your first book or take pride in it or work hard on it—because you really should. It just means you shouldn’t get hooked on that one thing. Write another book and another. Then go back and look at your first book and see how you feel about it. But whether you love it or hate it, just keep writing and reading.

Read the entire interview, as it’s really good.

The next interview is with an author whose work I have not read, though I have heard of her. This blog has a long interview with Alexandria Constantinova Szeman. Her writing has won some awards, so I’m going to assume that she’s good and her advice is worth following. When asked what common mistakes new writers should avoid, she listed eleven things. The last piece of advice is the most important, in my opinion: don’t give up.

I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your weekend!