I’ve just read an article by Rebecca Solnit titled: HOW TO BE A WRITER: 10 TIPS FROM REBECCA SOLNIT. JOY, SUFFERING, READING, AND LOTS AND LOTS OF WRITING
Although I didn’t know Rebecca Solnit before, after reading this article I will check her out.
Here the link to the article, that I recommend. Advice on writing is a very personal thing, like advice on anything else, but this one is more a philosophy of writing. It might resonate with you or not, but if you have a chance, give it a read.
Just a summary of her points (I couldn’t say it better, so go and read the article, but just in case you need convincing):
How to be a writer. Ten Tips:
- Write. I know this one is a shocker, but she makes great points about not worrying too much about how good or bad it is at first.
- Remember that writing is not typing. Here her point is that writing is a process and that putting fingers to keyboard is the end of such process (well, the culmination, as we all know about editing), but a lot of things go into writing, including planning, thinking, researching.
- Read. And Don’t Read. Read but be selective with your reading. Only read what speaks to you.
- Listen. Don’t Listen. Listen to feedback but be your own writer.
- Find a vocation. Write because it is your passion.
- Time. You’ll need time for it, so prioritise (not your duties, but everything else).
- Facts. Get your facts right, as relevant to your genre.
- Joy. This I recommend you read her article for. It does not mean write only when you feel like it, but rather, find what writing can bring you.
- What we call success is very nice and comes with useful byproducts, but success is not love. Don’t become enamoured with other things than the job at hand and don’t get distracted.
- It’s all really up to you. No matter how much advice, how many courses, coaches, etc, you are the one.
Don’t forget to check the original article, here.
And a little bit about Rebecca Solnit from the same site Literary Hub:
San Francisco writer, historian, and activist, Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism and the recipient of many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a contributing editor to Harper’s, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column (founded in 1851).
Thanks so much to Rebecca Solnit and to Literary Hub for this inspiring article, thanks to all of you for reading, remember to like, share, comment, CLICK, and keep writing!
Olga Núñez Miret