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Favorite Writing Advice

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May 24, 2017 8 Comments

Wednesday randomness is a regular feature. The topics change.

Some of my favorite advice about writing is:

Ernest Hemingway–Write drunk, edit sober

If. Only.

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!

Bronwyn  |  Jess  |  Gwen  |  Jessica




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    Bronwyn Green

    May 24, 2017

    Okay, I have to know…what kind of grade did you get on that paper for the American Lit class?

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      May 24, 2017

      An A. I learned what a filter was early on with that guy. Lol.

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    Gwen Cease

    May 25, 2017

    All the advice is great, but the last one is a gem. I used to fix and fix and fix until I had an awesome first chapter, but nothing else. Kind of hard to sell that. Now, I force myself to keep going, no matter what.

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      May 25, 2017

      I can’t even tell you how many ‘started’ MSs I’ve started and revised the first fifty pages to death. Ugh. Turning off the inner editor is one of the hardest things I’ve done. Good for you, kicking that inner editor bitch to the curb for first drafts!

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    Jess Jarman

    May 25, 2017

    I don’t make it a habit to write drunk…but it has happened a time or two–yielded far better results than expected LOL

    Great bits of advice. 🙂

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      May 25, 2017

      For a while last year, I’d have a glass of wine or two while I was writing and I don’t think it helped with getting the words on the page. I’m…not sure I want to go back to the MS I was working on during that time. 😉 Could be scary!