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“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:

1. Read! 
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.

3. Unplug.
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!

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jamie wrote:
When I was growing up my dad told me to become a writer because I was always making up stories and writing the stories in a notebook. When my children were growing up they liked scary stories the best and they would ask me to tell them a scary story. Their favorite is about spanish moss and how it comes to life and strangles people. I can't remember if it had a title or not.

Do you ever dream of scenario that would be great for a book? I do, it's like i have movie playing in my dreams. The people have names, they are talking to one another and they don't see me. I'm just watching and talking to myself how that character should have a farm instead of something else. When I wake up I still remember what I had dreamed, but an hour later I can't remember exactly what I had dreamed. Maybe one day I will start to write. Someday.

Fri, February 7, 2014 @ 9:35 PM

2. Chelsea wrote:
Jamie it sounds like you've got an amazing gift! I only wish that some of my stories came to me in dreams like that! I would suggest you keep a dream diary by your bed so you can keep track of these stories. I know life gets busy, but if you keep track of the stories and characters now, you won't lose them later when you're ready to sit down and start writing!

Sun, February 9, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

3. Sharon wrote:
I have always wanted to be a writer and I guess, it some extent, I am. I am what I call a closet writer. My Mom is the only one I let read my stuff and now that she's gone I guess they stay in the drawer. I always have an idea in my head. Even when I read I'm always thinking ahead to what I would write for that story. Some nights all I do is dream stories. Maybe with these tips I will make a real attempt. I love your book, by the way.

Sat, March 21, 2015 @ 8:54 AM

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