Sorry to any of my readers and followers. I’ve been up to my ears for a month and only just started getting back to writing and maintaining this blog. How many posts you’ll get in the next month, and how many will be original, we will have to see. But for today, here’s a post I read on Facebook from a man called Warren Alexander. It contains sage advice for anyone reading and tempted to post in any of the writers’ groups in Facebook. You can read the whole piece, click here.
“Some of my own rules
“I would rather write one well-crafted sentence than 5,000 words in one day. It is not a contest.
“If I give advice I ask if they want real criticism or just affirmation. Even if they say they want real criticism, they want affirmation.
“You must read your work aloud, especially dialogue, you will hear the clunkers.
“Rewriting is not a sign of anything negative, it is the foundation for something much better.
“My constant mantra, just sit down and write, do not wait for inspiration or the advice of others. Do the hard work
“Now for advice for some questions regularly posted.
“There are all different types of writer’s block. For example, if you have paucity of ideas that is one kind, not being able to better a character, an event, or something tangible is another. But if you cannot think of a story, how are going to write characters, descriptions, events, and a sense of time and place?
“Everyone needs affirmation, but the confidence must start with you. If are not bold, your prose will show it. Tentative and insecure writing is easy to spot. So from the outset understand yourself and your talent and know that will change as write more and get older.
“Ornate writing is not necessarily a sign of a good writer. Great story tellers, tell great stories and ornate language often attenuates the emotion, provide unnecessary detours, and gets in the way of the story.
“Do not expect someone to read your story, if the basic grammar and spelling are not correct. We are not speaking of the proper use of the Oxford comma or when to use an ellipsis, but consistent verb tenses or the correct punctuation for dialogue. If you don’t put in the time and effort, why should someone else?”
I have taken note! Thanks Warren.