Good Advice to Writers

As a writer, you need:  

Faith in yourself as a writer; faith in the importance of what you are writing; faith that there will be an audience for what you will write; faith that your writing will contribute ultimately to the flourishing of those who read it; and finally, faith in the source of your desire to write.

This is probably the most humbled, encouraging, and realistic advice on publishing a book I have ever read.



What Writing Has Taught Me

I finished the National Novel Writing Month challenge with a squeaked-in 40 thousand words. Just about 10K shy of my goal. About mid-month, I became stumped in the novel I was writing, which is nothing new. I have been writing this story on and off for 3 or 4 years. But there I was in the middle of crunch time, and I couldn’t drudge up anymore words. The only solution (about a week and a half late,) was to work on something else, so that’s what I did.

I had to continually remind myself it wasn’t about winning. It was about writing. All year I did not write or edit except for journaling and small dabbles here and there. I wanted to write novels. I wanted to return to adventure. So there I was with 40 thousand words between two stories, and I was feeling great.

In any project, it’s good to remember how much progress you have made. Otherwise it’s easy to get discouraged and quit. 

This has been,

Fanny T Crispin