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Steph Bowe’s Great Post – “Advice for Aspiring Writers” from Twitter

January 5, 2010

I found an awesome post on Hey! Teenager of the Year (Steph Bowe’s blog).

Steph collected this advice for aspiring writers off of Twitter, of all things…

In response to ‘What advice would you give to an aspiring author?’

“Pick apart movies with your friends – what works, what doesn’t? Set realistic goals. Blog! And connect with authors. Read a lot. Obv.” – Penni Russon / eglantinescake
“Just write. Don’t write and edit at the same time. You can edit later once the words cool down.” – Amy Gray / Amoir

“Don’t let anyone talk you out of it.” – Courtney Summers

“The first draft is for you and nobody else. Play, experiment, have fun, and see where it takes you.” – Lisa Schroeder

“If you are bored with your own writing, you can bet your reader will be bored as well. Write what you are passionate about.” – Gabrielle Wang

“Don’t be afraid to be ridiculously ambitious. If my life is anything to go by, it sometimes pays off!” – Chris Morphew

“New writers need networking – festivals, writers centres, readings, join a critique group – get into the life.” – Susanne Gervay

“Put it on paper. Your story doesn’t exist until it’s words on a page! Change them later if you need to but just WRITE THEM DOWN!” – miss cackle

“Keep your audience/readers in mind as you write (and especially when you read over your writing and edit).” – Rebecca Newman / alphabetsoupmag

“Read everything they can get their hands on. Read,read, read. Analyze what you like about your favorite writers.” –
Paul Crilley

“When dealing with publishers and booksellers be the professional, not the artist.” –
Fiona McLennan /

“Don’t look at other books for inspiration; look at the world around you. Take from real life, not from its imitation.” – AudryT

“The best advice I’ve ever received is to be politely persistent (as in, don’t give up, even if they tell you no).” – Amber Forbes

“My advice to aspiring writers: quit aspiring, start writing!” – Sam Downing

 To see the original post, click.

That’s some pretty priceless stuff. Thanks, Steph, and the bunch of people listed above!

For the record: I recommend subscribing to her blog!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2010 10:26 PM

    “Quite aspiring, start writing” is a great advice!

    • January 5, 2010 10:27 PM

      I know! That was one of my favorites! I might need to print that out and stick it on my wall.

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