I have a confession. I’m a hoarder. No, my house isn’t full of piles of junk or anything like that. I hoard articles on writing.
No lie – I have a collection of over a thousand of them saves on my computer. I back them up to Dropbox because Lord knows, I don’t want to lose them.
They are full of advice. They’re written by writers who successfully send their words out into the world. Some of them entitle their ‘Rules for Writing,’ while still others call these ‘tips.’
Numerous articles on character and plot development, along with advice about building your ‘writer’s life.’
Why do I save all of these, you ask?
I save them because when I’m looking for inspiration for a blog, I scan through all of those words and pick my favorite tidbits.
Building my curriculum for my upcoming creative writing classes also sends me into the ‘stacks’ of my computer library. (I cannot wait until the virus allows me to start teaching again!)
So, I will give you the tips and rules I find reiterated by almost every writer.
To be a writer, you have to write.
Write every day.
Read as much as you can.
Over three years ago, I took that advice to heart. Other than when I was so sick, I couldn’t sit up long enough to type, I’ve written every day for over one-thousand days.
I can’t even imagine how many words that is. I do know I’ve completed three novels, eighty-two short stories, and over three-hundred pieces of flash fiction – at least that’s how many I’ve saved. I’m sure I sent dozens more to my recycling bin and emptied.
What does your collection look like? Do you ever go back and review pieces you wrote ‘way back when?’
So, here’s my tip for the day.
Write. Develop your style and tell your tales.