Writing Advice

July 7, 2010 at 5:30 am (Replay) (, , , , )

I’m on holidays at the moment but I’m reposting some of the more popular posts from my old blog, Darkened Jade. If you leave a comment I’ll be sure to catch up with you when I get back.

For a while now I have been reading everything I can about writing. Obviously there is more being written than I could ever possibly read but I have read quite a bit. I just want to quickly share five bits of advice I have read recently, in no particular order, that seemed to have some merit.

  • Don’t worry about being the next big thing, worry about writing a good story. This I read less than two minutes ago on another blog and thought it was brilliant, unfortunately forgot which blog.
  • Social networking, Twitter and the like, can help authors or hinder them, depending on how they use it.
  • Inspiration takes seconds while writing is a long and time consuming labour (though very much worth it).
  • While some people will forgive grammatical errors in a good story, others will reach for the tar and feathers.
  • Writers everywhere rely way too heavily on caffeine. No wonder we’re all just that little bit out there.

Keep writing and have fun.

And here’s the link if you haven’t yet checked out the blurb or excerpt for Death’s Daughter.



  1. Brown Eyed Mystic said,

    I, for one, can relate to the fourth one very easily.

    I cringe when there’s a glaring mistake which could have been easily be avoided if there was a second look given to the published piece. Now, don’t get me wrong; I am not some whiny, old, and exacting one, but grammar and punctuation slips, at least the ones which can be taken care of, get me sighing.


  2. Barb said,

    Am I the only one who doesn’t need coffee to write? 😦
    The Sloth who likes her sleeping hours way too much even if she stopped writing stories written from the dreams she has while sleeping! 😉

  3. AlexJ said,

    The writing part does take a long time!

  4. Agatha82 said,

    I’m hyper enough naturally so most of the time, I do not need caffeine.

    Yes, the most important thing is to ensure you write a good story! If by luck, you end up being the next J.K Rowling, well, that’s just a bonus 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Spann Craig said,

    I love it! Yes, I’m a coffee addict, too. 🙂

  6. Crystal said,

    Great tips! And I’m a coffee lover too, (however I drink decaf. Nonetheless I LOVE my coffee)! And what the heck, I LIKE being a little “out” there!!! 🙂

  7. Carol Kilgore said,

    I like the tips. Nice to know I’m not the only one ‘out there’. Hope you’re having a great time.

  8. Carol J. Garvin said,

    You’ve found some great advice. There’s a lot out there but filtering it down to what’s really important can be difficult. I think the best advice I ever found was not to wait for inspiration (or the Muse) to strike but to sit down and start writing whether I feel inspired or not. How much coffee I consume (or Diet Coke) depends a lot on how quickly the words are flowing!

    Happy holidaying!

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