Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Miss Good on Paper has some great advice for aspiring writers: write, read, and live. Well, the first one is pretty obvious - I mean you can’t spell writer without write, right? Reading is also essential, but if you’re anything like me, you have to be careful. Once I start a book, nothing else gets done (including writing) until I’ve read it cover-to-cover. Lastly, you have to live. I mean, really, who has ever heard of an author who wrote a single word after (s)he was dead? If you don’t live, you can’t write.

OK, I’ll admit, that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the advice is solid. I think the first thing you have to do (whether you want to be a writer or not) is live. The writing will come later, for most people. There are those few (bastards) who can experience a moment, or event, and know immediately how to put it into words. For the rest of us, live while you can and write in your spare time. Trust me, you’ll be happier and the words will flow more freely than a drunk at five cent beer night.

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