Writing Resolutions 2020
Happy New Year, and I hope 2020 goes well for you, whether you have made a resolution to write / write more / write better or not. There are plenty of ‘how to’ books out there to advise you, as well as a growing number of podcasts, including In writing with Hattie Crissell.
Advice is varied, so you can take your pick for what suits you best. Or decide it is all just too confusing, and you’ll take up knitting instead. Certainly, depending on who you ask, you should:
Plan and plot each chapter meticulously // rely on your instinct to develop the story.
Get a life, so you have something to write about it // dedicate yourself to writing virtually from the cradle.
Work in total quiet so you can concentrate // use a background of Hip-Hop, Rock, Reggae to get the creative juices flowing.
Get feedback on everything you write // don’ allow others to influence your style or story line.
Confused? I’m not surprised. But one thing all advice books agree on is the need to get words on the page in order to call yourself a writer. As Satnam Sanghera says: ‘A writer is someone who survives the first draft … who goes back and makes it better. And then goes back again. And again. And again.‘
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