For the next couple of #authortoolbox posts I decided to reach out to my writing friends both authors I know in real life and those I know virtually. Please learn more about their writing as well. They have a lot of insight into their own process and you never know what will work for you.
I love finding new nuggets of wisdom (I’m not talking about fool’s gold here!) or a twist on an old tip that helps me get inspired, write better, or grow as a writer.
For every question you have about writing, read lots of blogs/articles/chapters on the topic, because there are so many opinions out there!
– Raimey Gallant: http://www.raimeygallant.com
This is particularly meta since anyone reading this post is reading a blog to gain some knowledge and help with their writing. I love that! Anyway, I agree wholeheartedly with this writing tip. Read as much as you can until something truly resonates with you. If you need help with plotting, read about it many places. I’ve tried a few different ways to plot out my novel, either ahead of time or while writing, and I often modify my approach based on a couple of different techniques. In the end, that felt right and I read enough to feel confident that I would, at the very least, move my story forward.
Find the joy in writing. Don’t be afraid to genre jump, write bad drafts or fail, it’s all part of the journey.–Author/Freelance Writer Melissa Uhles http://www.melissauhles.com/