If you had one sentence of advice to give to a new writer what would it be?

2 years ago | Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

Mine is: Never EVER forget to proofread.

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  1. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    To borrow from my favorite author, Peter Watts:

    "Anyone who *can* be discouraged from writing, *should* be."

    And I do tell new writers that, and follow it up with: "So become someone who *cannot* be discouraged from writing."

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Be open to constructive criticism, it will help you become a better writer.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  3. David Whitechapel (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I like what Patrick above quoted a lot. Pretty similar to what mine would be: don't stop writing.

  4. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Adding to David's advice:

    Read.

  5. Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Damn that's really powerful Patrick

  6. zephy669 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Get to the f'in point!

  7. FrustratedEgo (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If you want to be a writer, start writing. Not planning, not thinking or day dreaming, start writing and don't stop.

    At some point you'll work in the self reflection and growing skills, but none of that matters if you're not writing.

  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Somehow, I feel like Zephy's advice is directed at me. :(

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  9. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Write what you want to see written.

  10. Tempest (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Do it, rather than regret not doing it.

  11. Kess (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Write what moves you.

  12. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I have one, and it's the reason I generally write first person. It's an emotional journey.

    Writing is characters tackling problems, make one of them yours.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  13. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    "You don't have to be perfect."

    To expand a little- I think that's the biggest problem most would-be writers I know have... it's not that they don't want to write, an it's not that they don't have good ideas- it's that they're too afraid of making a mistake to even try in the first place. Besides, it's pretty much Micheal Jordan's mantra, so it has to be good for something, right?

    Author of Price.
  14. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If I had to give a writer advice, I would tell them to be ready for it, emotionally.

    Something to the effect of, "You'll get used to the loneliness and rejection, but make sure you want to."

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest

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