Welcome to Friday Five! This meme is run by the writers at Paper Hangover. Each week they give us a blogging prompt where we make a list about five things related to books and/or writing.
This week’s topic is “Five pieces of useful advice you have received as an aspiring writer, either in quotes, blog posts, websites or communities.”
1. Show, don’t tell. An oldie, but a goodie. This makes the whiner in me come out. But it’s so haaaaaard! Still, nothing has been more useful in improving my writing.
2. Practice, practice, practice. I can only get better if I just. keep. writing. That award-winning million dollar book isn’t going to write itself, no matter how many chimpanzees I put in a room filled with typewriters.
3. The plot will come. This is a gem from NaNoWriMo. If you force yourself to write an insane amount of words in a short time frame, the book actually kinda will write itself. It may not be any good, but ideas will come if you force them. You can always refine from there.
4. Take the time. If I don’t carve out time to write, it’ll never happen. If I can make the time to blog, I can make the time to write.
5. Get online. This blog was the best thing to happen to me in 2010. I’ve learned so much these past five months about writing mechanics, connecting with fellow readers and writers, querying projects, and marketing myself. I will never master any of them, but this is a good step toward trying.
What advice have you received and loved as a blogger or writer?
My weekly recap is inspired by the phenomenally talented, kind and generous Small Review. If you are not already following her, you are really missing out. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Cool Text? They’re the folks that allow me to make these cool (and simple) text buttons – for FREE!
If you’re a first time visitor, or just didn’t get the chance to stop by this week, here’s what you missed:
Guest Post: Character Interview
Meet Myrna from ODESSA by Rebecca Ryals Russell
Author Rebecca Ryals Russell stopped by on Saturday to give us a glimpse into her main character, Myrna.
THE CELLAR by A. J. Whitten
YA Paranormal Challenge
NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES by Jason Lethcoe
All Male Review Challenge
April Giveaway Winner
I announced the winner of last month’s giveaway
and made some blog announcements.
Enjoy your weekend everybody!