During my writing career I have been fortunate enough to meet, as well as work with some really accomplished journalists, news directors, editors, professors and authors. Along the way I have learned a great deal from all of them…so whenever I get asked for writing advice I like to refer to what they once told me; tips that I took to heart. I hope you find this advice as helpful as I have.
The best of the best writing tips…
- Tell the stories that only you can tell. There are always going to be better writers than you, but you are the only you on the planet.
- Consistency in your writing is key!
- If you don’t take time to read a lot, don’t bother taking time to write.
- Don’t kid yourself – the first draft is never close to what the final draft should look like.
- Don’t spend time with people who are not going to support your writing efforts.
- Collect stories from everyone you meet.
- Every sentence should do one of two things: reveal something or advance the action.
- Get a copy of Elements of Style.
- Read your copy out loud.
- Write every day.