Friday, February 15, 2013
Amazing Advice from Some Amazing Authors
Sorry I am a day late posting this, but Valentines Day sort of caught up with me. But a friend of mine Bev Kodak post a question to all of her author friends for advice to give to young writers. For those of you who don't know Bev she is a teacher and track director of the YA Lit Track at Dragon*Con. I asked her if I can post the advice she had been give and she said yes. So here is some incredible advice from some amazingly talented authors.
Jana Oliver Writing is the coolest thing ever. All those stories in your head are important and need to be told. At first what you write might not be any good, but the more you write the better you'll become. Someday you'll look back and say "Wow, I wrote that!"
Adam Selzer Well, my best "practical" advice is "follow the trends and stick to the formula or you'll never get off the mid-list, where life sucks." Beyond that, though, it's that if you're not having fun with what you're writing, it probably won't be fun to read, either.
Steve Berman Hmm, that you don't need to write what you know - you can think of writing like trying on costumes. If you just try on a cowboy hat you won't make a convincing cowboy, but if you add all the other elements, horse, spurs, pistols, etc. Same with writing. If you want to tell the story of someone different from you, you can, just add details so it seems more real.
Kathleen O'Shea David Don't stop writing. Outlining the story can be helpful so you can see where you are going with it. Read a lot because you can learn about writing by reading. Think about what the author did that you liked and what you didn't like. Also figure out how you would have done it differently if you don't like something.
Kathleen Duey As you start writing, start noticing things. Watch people's faces, feel the wind. Wonder what the check-out guy at the market is thinking about that makes him look so happy. Listen to people talking, Let the world pour in.
Robin Ryan Carroll From the technical/business side of writing, but equally valid for all types of writing: Proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax and usage are not optional, no matter how creative you are. The goal of writing is to communicate, and communication is impaired every time the reader spots a typo or a grammar mistake, or has to puzzle out your meaning because of a misplaced modifier or an improper antecedent.
Alma Alexander Read a lot. Write a lot. Read some more. Keep writing. THis is not the sort of thing you can ever get a shiny diploma for - a good writer is made through diving in head first into words, wherever they may be, and living adn breathing them until it becomes second nature. So - read. Write. Rinse and repeat. (and yes, if you need any more Skypers, I'm game).
Michelle Brundage Weston Sorry I'm so late in commenting on this. I would teach them about the importance of using strong sensory details in their writing. For instance, in the Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, CS Lewis adds details like Lucy feeling the fur coats which changes to the prickle of pine needles when she enters Narnia. Those sensory details help make Narnia feel real and come alive...
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