Today I thought we would look at some quick fire, general writing advice. If you are new – or returning after a long break – the tips below are a quick guide through the basics when putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. For those more experienced writers, these should be a good reminder of the things to keep in your head when creative writing.
Below the break you’ll find advice from Kami Kinard, Julia Bell and Ernest Hemingway – as we’ve been having a bit of a Hemingway theme recently we thought why not continue where we left off!
10 writing tips from a creative writing lecturer
We’ll start with Julia Bell, a creative writing lecturer at Birkbeck College in London. For the Nothing In The Rule Book website she listed Ten Writing Tips From A Creative Writing Lecturer. They are:
- A good piece of writing is an experience for the reader
- The writing of a story should be an experience for the writer too
- Make your story question the world
- Cut out all unnecessary words
- Get use to editing
- When editing, look for sentences that should be paragraphs and the paragraphs that should be sentences
- The beginning point for a writer and a reader are in two different places
- It’s better to have a ‘frankendraft’ than 10,000 words of finely wrought prose
- Don’t assume the ‘frankendraft’ is good enough
- No one can do the work for you
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far: Kami Kinard
- Recognise that you have a lot to learn
- Get feedback on your work
- Invest in your career
- You need an agent, even if you think you don’t
- Don’t be afraid to outsource
- There is strength in numbers…join a group
- Make friends
Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction
We are finishing today’s post by looking at seven tips from one of the masters of writing – Ernest Hemingway. Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft selected seven pieces of advice from Larry W. Philips’ book Ernest Hemingway on Writing. They are:
- To get started, write on true sentence
- Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen
- Never think about the story when you’re not working
- When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you’ve written so far
- Don’t describe an emotion – make it.
- Use a pencil
- Be brief
You can find the full explanation behind each point in the Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction on Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft.
What is the best piece of writing advice you have been given? Tell us below in the comments!