5 for Friday

5 quick pieces of writing advice I’ve received from mentors, MFA teachers, and workshop instructors.

1. We are writing something terribly interesting to us, but we need to make it interesting to the reader.  BE GENEROUS to your reader.

2. Always know exactly what you are writing about. You don’t have to write about all of it, but know it.

3. Write every day. Even if it’s only one sentence. Even better: write every day at the same time. It gets you into a rhythm, trains your writing muscles; your mind becomes accustom to the ritual.

4. Make your characters specific. Characters shouldn’t seem like they popped out of a movie. They shouldn’t be defined by age, background, race, etc. They should be singular.   You should be able to walk into a room and pick the character out of a crowd.

5. Never write a story you don’t want to be writing.  Write what excites you, what you need to write. Write what you can’t not write. Crack yourself up, make yourself cry. If you’re not moved, you reader won’t be.

 What’s the best writing advice you’ve received? Leave a comment and I’ll post the collective advice next week. Have a great weekend, everyone.


“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

~Sylvia Plath


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  1. Monica

    Before I ever thought I’d be a writer, I attended graduate school to study education. A professor in one of my first classes told us to make sure our writing was "clear, concise, and compelling."

    As I turn from academic writing to fiction, this advice still serves me well.

  2. Beauty Blogger

    Great tips!

    I think the best tip I have comes from one of my professors and that was just a couple of weeks ago. It was along the lines of: Self-deprecation is not allowed. We are all here because we possess a talent for language. I think it would serve us all well to be confident in our skills and not too be scared to share our writing with our peers, our friends, and the world!