Wow, really? Thanks! I don’t think I’m that awesome of a writer, I really don’t. But I try. Sometimes.
(The check’s in the mail, nonnie!)
Okay, seriously. So, basic advice. We write because we have a story to tell. We have something to communicate—which is the same reason I draw/paint: to communicate. To make another person feel. You’ve got to figure out what that is, what you want to say. It doesn’t have to be grand or epic; it can be something really sweet and small. When it all boils down to it, write what you love to read. And for now, don’t worry about the prose. Don’t envy another writer’s style just yet; focus on the story. Style will come on its own. Butt in seat. Write what you love. You love romance? Write it. Gore? Write it. Hurt/comfort? Write that too. So what if it sucks? You gotta get the suckage out of the way. Just do it. One person’s suck is another person’s success, anyway!
Piece of advice #2: get alpha and beta readers who are better than you, and LISTEN TO THEM. Thicken up your hide, right from the get-go. Don’t be defensive; they’re your reader. Trust them. It’ll be rough at first, but eventually, their advice will become ingrained, like muscle memory. And after that, you will start trusting yourself and your own judgment. It just comes with the doing. Be tenacious. And never forget: write what you love. It will shine through. Write only for yourself. If you write for your audience, you’ll be chasing an ever-moving target.
Piece of advice #3: go light on the adjectives and adverbs. I probably cut out 50% of mine upon my second pass. Use great verbs instead, except when someone’s talking. ‘Said’ is just fine, most of the time.
Lastly, listen to this podcast: Writing Excuses. It’s quick and fun and chock full of advice from authors currently writing and successfully navigating careers. You won’t be sorry.
Speaking of sorry…this post. I’m not sure I know what I’m talking about, but this is what I do and I hope it wasn’t too artsy-fartsy or unhelpful. If nothing else, listen to Writing Excuses. :D
And good luck!