“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
― W. Somerset Maugham
Hey readers! Chelsea here (Emily’s assistant). As an author-hopeful, working for Emily has given me a great opportunity to get some writing advice from one of the best! For anyone else out there that has ever considered writing a book, here are some tips from the Emily herself:
The best way to become a better writer is to read. You’ll become familiar with different writing styles, see how plots unfold and how characters are developed.
2. Find your routine.
Are you a night owl? An early bird? Find a time to dedicate to writing and stick to it. If you can write just one page a day, you will have a book in a year.
Turn off the TV, log out of Facebook, and let your friends and family know that you’ll be “out of commission” for a little while. It’s important to find the space to let your creative juices flow, where you can tune in to your inner muse.
4. Find a subject you care about
Write about something that’s important to you and that you feel others should care about as well. It will reflect in your writing more powerfully than brilliant prose ever could.
5. Always carry a notebook
Keep a notebook in your car, in your desk at work, next to your bed… You never know when inspiration will strike and if you’re anything like me, your memory lasts about five seconds.
6. Don’t look back
Most people want to go back and read over what they’ve written before they get to the end of a section. DON’T DO IT! You’ll get caught up editing and re-working sections for weeks and won’t get around to writing anything new.
7. Have the courage to write badly.
Not everything you write will be perfect. Accept this fact now and save yourself time and heartache later. Give yourself permission to write badly and the good will follow.
8. On getting stuck…
Inspiration is everywhere. If you hit a wall go for a walk, take a bath, listen to music. Get away from your desk and have a little patience. The solution will present itself to you eventually.
9. The power of multiple projects
Have multiple ideas going at a time. That way if you get stuck on one you can switch over to another without getting out of “writing mode.”
10. Just do it.
Sit down and write. It’s as simple (and difficult) as that.
Best of luck, future writers!