For Writing Advice? Terrible Minds

Never a bad idea to go to Chuck Wendig. A clip from his new post on writing resolutions 2014:

I Will Give My Work The Time It Needs:

Sometimes a story comes out fast. Sometimes it comes out slow. And this isn’t just about a single story: learning to do this thing and do it well may not take the arbitrary 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell suggests, but it’s not learning to play beer pong, either. Overnight successes never are; what you see is just the iceberg’s peak poking out of the slush. This takes time. From ideation to action. From writing one junk novel to a worse novel to a better one to the ninth one that’s actually worth a good goddamn. From writing to rewriting to editing to copyediting. Don’t “just click publish.” Don’t just send it off half-baked to some editor or agent — they get hundreds of stories a day that are the narrative equivalent to a sloppy equine miscarriage or half-eaten ham salad sandwich. Don’t punish your potential readers by squatting over the Amazon toilet and voiding your creative bowels into the digital porcelain. Take pride in what you do. Go the distance and get shit done. Not just a little bit done, but all-the-way-to-the-awesome-end done.”

For the full post, click here (Note: strong language but excellent advice from an experienced author).

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On Rejection – Go Back To This Over And Over

If you’re a writer, or were a writer, or know a writer, or want to be a writer, or might some day write something about anything, this piece is for you.  Actually, if you’re not a writer, yet you still want to be tougher, more resilient, more successful, more brave, more daring, more risk-taking, then this piece is for you.

So if you’re a human being who wants to be a better human being, click the link below.

To keep it simple, successful people make attempts, take risks, and often fail.  They fail hundreds or thousands of times.  They fail until they succeed.  It doesn’t matter what the pursuit is, failure is part of the process. But Chuck Wendig says it so much better than I can. He may be foul-mouthed and crazy, but his metaphors are hilarious and he absolutely knows what he’s talking about.

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A Writer, On His Process (Chuck Wendig)

For me, it’s always good to see where a writer writes or what his or her process is.  I like to think of Andre Dubus III’s walled-in, blank writing room where he writes in total silence.

Or how Stephen King can’t write at an expensive desk in a huge, solitary room, how King wrote Carrie in a noisy hallway while getting bumped by family members passing through.  King later tried to recreate that environment in his expensive Maine house by having a desk in his kids’ rec room, asking them to invite in friends, talk, and watch TV while he worked nearby.

Hemingway wrote three drafts of each short story, always three.  One in Pencil, a typed second draft, and a typed third draft.  That’s not my process, but it still fascinates me.

I love to read how writers write.

And here’s one I came across recently – If you missed it, this is the same writer who wrote about the “25 Lies Writers Tell (And Start To Believe).”

This new one is also from Terribleminds.com:

“Just What The Fuck Do You Do, Anyway?”

“25 Lies Writers Tell and Start To Believe” – Chuck Wendig

This is too good.  Funny, applicable, and no BS.  I had to put up a link to it.

Any writer (or artist for that matter) should read this piece.

8, 10, 13, 16, and 18 are incredible, but like I said, it’s all good.

Thank you, Ben LeRoy, for pointing me to the site.

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