The best thing any writer can do for themselves is get out of their own way … Realize that what you have written is not perfect, that it needs work (always needs work, I might add, because … well, #6), and that you should definitely follow the advice of #7 to get it to perfect.
The internet is full of advice on how to write and it can be confusing and contradictory at times, especially when you are starting out. This isn’t because people like to give false advice but because each writer – and their writing process – is different. However, out of all the good advice I’ve received, these are the ones that have worked best for me. I hope by sharing them they will be of some help to you too.
1. Allow yourself to write poorly
Some days I find writing easy, some days it’s as if the language centre of my brain has decided to go on vacation, leaving my fingers to fend for themselves. However, even if I’m having one of the latter days I still write. It may be painful at the times, even more horrific when I read it back, but at least I have something on the page to…
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