On Writing, Part 1 – getting started

This is the first blog post in a 3-part series in which I have compiled links to articles and blogs that I hope will be helpful for the beginning Writer – and may even be of interest to you seasoned Authors out there, too.


Why we feel compelled to write …
From Advice to Writers: Five Common Traits of Good Writers by James J. Kilpatrick
From Interesting Literature: 10 Great Quotations from Writers About Writing
From wordserve water cooler: Want to Write a Book? The Next Patch of Light by Gillian Marchenko
From Carving Out a Space: Great Wall of Husks: Utopia in the Making by Candice Mizell
From Writer unBoxed: Why We Write by John Vorhaus
From chazzwrites.com: Proving Dead Moms Wrong: Writing a book is among the least cynical things you can do by Robert Chazz Chute
From MorgEn Bailey’s Writing Blog: Guest post: The Seven Things You Need to Become a Writer by Melodie Campbell

Why we struggle with writing …
From men with pens: The Real Reason Why You Can’t Write by Esther Litchfield-Fink
From chazzwrites.com: Top Ten: Some things no one tells you about writing (#4 is my favourit.)
From Writer unBoxed: How to Uncage Your Inner Writer? Ask Your Inner Pulitzer-Prize-Winner by Julianna Baggott
From Nathan Bransford: Writing and Depression


What we must do when we have a story that needs to be told …
From MorgEn Bailey Writing Blog: Francine Silverman interviews writer Patricia Fry
Very important advice from this interview: I always recommend that hopeful authors study the publishing industry before getting involved in this highly competitive business.
From Andrew Wille: Tell Me a Story
From Writers Write: Dear Writer – A Story of a Story

How we get started …
From Green-Fingered Writer: 7 great books about writing
I’m adding the following to this list: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
From Writer unBoxed: The Lessons I Should Have Learned from Stephen King’s On Writing …
by Jeannie Ruesch
From Anne R. Allen’s Blog: Six Pieces of Bad Advice New Writers Need to Ignore and Six More Pieces of Bad Advice for Writers to Ignore
From The Elephant in the Writing Room: Writing rules I no longer follow


And, after all that, if you still want to write, be sure to read my next blog posts in this series: On Writing, Part 2 – following through and On Writing, Part 3 – getting help …

5 responses

  1. Thank you for the mention. I’ve advised Melodie.

    1. …and Fran / Patricia.

  2. I’m honored to be included in this extensive list. Thank you!

  3. That’s a lot of information!!!

    1. And there’s much more to come in two more related posts! Thanks for reading!

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