10 writing tips — oh, alright, 17!

  1.  Your way is the write way.
  2. You don’t have to show your writing to ANYone.  You can, but you don’t have to.  Just writing for yourself is very important.
  3. You don’t have to READ what you write.  In fact, it is a good idea to let things “sit” for a while.  Like a stew—let your thoughts stew on paper.  Just keep writing.
  4. Give yourself some space.  Don’t read yesterday today.  Read yesterday next week.
  5. You have permission not to have to be Mozart.
  6. Its okay to love writing.  Or to hate it.  Doesn’t matter.  Just write.
  7. Once you start writing, don’t stop.  Professional writers know that it is so difficult to start writing, that it is best to just keep it going.
  8. Find your best time of day to write.  It may be morning, it may be just before bed, it may require cappuccino.
  9. Three pages is all you need to do.  Just three pages.  (Julia Cameraon)
  10. You have the right to show your reading to NO ONE. (I know it is also number 2, it’s just that it is important.  This helps you write without your critic yelling in your ear.)
  11. Its okay to keep one journal—or five.  If you have several, making one a gratitude journal is a good idea.
  12. Longhand or shorthand—no matter.  Experiment.  Again, it is YOUR way.
  13. There is no one right way to write.
  14. Imitate your favorite author.
  15. Write “the History of your Hair.”
  16. Exchange baby pictures with your best friend, and write a fictional story out that little girl or boy.
  17. enjoy!

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