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Some of my favorite advice about writing is:
Ernest Hemingway–Write drunk, edit sober.
Not allowed, unfortunately. But, I can reach a similar state when I’m over-tired or hopped up on caffeine or Benadryl (yes, I’m one of those weird people). I did, however, take advantage of this sage piece of advice while I was in college. Also, edits are fucking hard when one writes drunk. Especially a white paper. The process was fun, though. My favorite paper I wrote drunk was for an American lit class. It started something like this: I know better than to write what I believe and can legitimately support with facts because you’re a misogynistic ass who doesn’t know their ass from Emily Dickenson. Yeah. That gem came out before I turned it in. JUST before 🙂
Seriously, though? Find your process and screw what other people say. It might take a while, but eventually, you’ll get there. That gem was imparted to me over sad-ass coffee in the commons by my creative writing teacher. The one I loved. Not the one I had for poetry. *shudders*
Victor Hugo was an eccentric fucker. He had a servant take all his clothes until he finished The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In six months. The
advice he gives is to: Lock yourself away until you finish. This actually works for me. Weird, huh? I might be one of those that takes off for an extended weekend and knocks out 40K which would be weird as fuck. Gimme the right playlist, no distractions, and a decent keyboard? I can totally do that.
The best writing advice I’ve ever gotten, though? You know how they say to turn off your inner editor when writing? I really suck at that. I have to trick myself into not going back through stuff to make sure I don’t get stuck revising-revising-revising.
Finish your first draft before editing. Don’t let that inner editor bitch take over. I even posted this one on Instagram for Bronwyn Green & Jessica Jarman’s #writelifemay. I may have taken a few liberties with the exact wording, but you get the gist.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Check out what the others took to heart when they decided to live and die by the pen!