- Write often
- Writing well will follow one and two
- Don’t follow the rules, if you know them, break ‘em–take a chance
- Be original – what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander
- Stay focused
- Don’t wallow in self-pity if your words are rejected
- Wallow in the edits, and then cut, cut, cut
- Be honest with your words, even if the emotion in the prose singes the edges of your eyes. Readers will remember you
- Stay true to your voice
The writer’s life isn’t easy.
It’s a solitary existence
It’s lonely and depressing
It’s hunger and passion
It’s discovery and loss; it’s painful,
But full with wonder. It can
Push you to the very brink of crazy.
You will howl to the moon, growl and pant,
Dance and swirl, swarm as bees
Do around flowers with your words burning
Up space, clamoring for attention, yearning
To be part of something, to link, if only to cease
The solitary existence, to make a family
In the sentence and make friends in the graf;
Ten thousand hours
Later, after days turn to years there is a poet, a memoirist,
A fashionista, a songwriter, a liar,
A love-letter writer, a novelist.
The writer’s writing personas will fill the blank page with stories
Of a life, your life
Created on the page, the daily write,
The prompt staring the writer in you down, daring
Passions to percolate, unearthing inspiration
To burn up the pages, blazing a trail
To the end of the writing time found every day.
The struggles, the chances taken
The moments lost, agonized over
To write is to write is to write
Start and don’t’ stop, not ever.
What advice can you share about the creative process?