October 14, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Favorite Writing Advice

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

I have a confession to make. I'm an advice-junkie, meaning that I go to a lot of events, talk to many people, and spend a great amount of time looking up things on the Internet (interviews are an all-time favorite of mine) to see if someone says something that will help me in my current situation.

This is especially helpful in terms of my writing, since many times I'd feel completely lost about certain things (or just feel totally dejected) and then feel inspired or enlightened after getting great advice from other artists.

These are some of my favorite advice from different writers:

"If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you will never learn." -Ray Bradbury

 "Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia." -Kurt Vonnegut

 "Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving." -Neil Gaiman

"The first sentence can be written only after the last sentence has been written. FIRST DRAFTS ARE HELL. FINAL DRAFTS, PARADISE." -Joyce Carol Oates

 “And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrassed, perhaps also protesting. But don't give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers--perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

What about you, Misfiteers? What are some of your favorite writing-related (or not related) advice from writers? Join the conversation at #MisfitPepRally .


Leandra Wallace said...

I'm putting the ending of the Joyce Carol Oates quote on my corkboard. So true!!!!

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