And welcome to to my stop on the Fandom tour where Anna Day reminds us about the joy of writing in a top tips.
]Top tips for aspiring writers
- You don’t have to write every day.
I hear the advice try to write every day all the time. And it’s great advice, if you can. But if you’re like me, and your life is one manic flurry of activity, this advice is unrealistic and will just leave you feeling deficient. Just write in the gaps of your life. That’s good enough.
- Don’t compare yourself to other people.
This is great advice in life generally I find, but also when it comes to writing. There will always be someone who wrote a book quicker than you, or who got an agent on their first submission, or who got a publishing deal overnight. Don’t worry about it. Your journey is your own.
- Grow a thick skin.
You can’t write a book everybody likes. Just come to terms with this now and you will save yourself a lot of heartache before Goodreads gets involved (Goddamn you Goodreads!). Just write the book you love, that’s all you can do.
- Be brave.
Don’t be afraid of finishing your manuscript. I know it’s scary, cos finishing means sharing it with other people. But be brave. The worst thing which can happen is the person you share it with hates it. See number 3.
- Write because you love writing.
This is such a cliché, but it’s so true! Writing will unlikely make you rich and famous. And you may always be unpublished, but that’s OK. Write because you love it. Write because it helps you make sense of the world and because without it, you feel like you may burst into song in the middle of Sainsburys embarrassing the hell out of your kids … cos that energy has to go somewhere, right? If you write because you love writing, you will always have something amazing just for you. And that’s awesome.
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