Unconventional Writing Advice: The Intro

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

Part of being a writer that's "been around for awhile" yet, still doesn't have a publishing contract, is that I get requests for writing advice, but don't have the street cred to back it up. And besides, new writers don't really want writing advice. What they want is an easy to follow road map to success. However, no such thing exists, every story, both on the page and off, is different.

Some of the most common questions I get are: What does it take to be a writer? How do you start? What constitutes a good idea or a bad one? Do you need a plot? How important is character development?

By asking you've already started. If you truly want to do this writing thing, it will take everything you have. Character development is the most important focus a fiction writer should have. Character determines plot and a good character will be the natural precursor to a good plot.

However, these are not the answers green writers seek. You greenies want deeper, more instructive answers that can provide a framework with which to craft universes.

I got you, boo.

With that in mind, there is a universe of writing advice out there. In the first portion of this series, I'm going to give readers, listeners, and viewers some unconventional thoughts and advice on the subject of creative writing basics.

First piece of advice, before we get into the meat and organs of unconventional writing, is to begin to write. Start a project. I don't care what it is. Just put words on a blank page.

It could be a story about your grandma's feet. How about the parking situation where you live? Or maybe a story about a talking hamster/snake/painting etc. Just get started.

Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writing coaches wrote a book called Bird by Bird. In it she shares a story that relates to writing and the moral is to just take it word by word, or bird by bird. One word at a time. One line at a time.

And thus concludes UNCONVENTIONAL WRITING ADVICE: The Intro.

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