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We all seek out advice whether we want it or not. But as an author, everyone has advice to help you become a better writer and more successful. Today we've asked our Inkspell Authors about the advice they've received. We wanted to know who gave you the best or more valuable advice and what that advice is. Who knows- their advice might be the most valuable advice for you!
Naya Nikki:The best advice I ever got was 'write what you would read because if you are not going to read it then why would your reader?' Surprisingly I got this from the author Meg Cabot after writing to her. This was the most valuable advice I received as I wanted to write more because I wanted to know what was going to happen in Familiar Ties.
Sasha Summers:I have three things I remind myself of Every single say. 1. Write the story in your heart. – Diana Cosby (author, fellow DARA member and the person who introduced me to RWA) 2. Know where your book would go on the bookshelf in a library/bookstore. (Sandy Williams – friend and author of the Shadow Reader and The Shattered Dark) 3. Keep writing – this wasn’t said to me specifically, it’s just an author’s mantra. J There are days when I stare at a blank screen and irritating blinking cursor and wonder who I’m kidding – I’m not a writer. But then I start typing and the characters become so real, their story so clear, that I know I have to write. I love what I do!
Rebecca Hart:The best advice I ever got as a writer came from one of the lovely lady authors in my writing circle way back when I started taking this whole autthor thing seriously. It's one of those things I am sure most writers have already heard from somewhere, and if not, this should be a serious gem of wisdom.
The advice is this: Put your story/novel on an eReader for your editing run. It is absolutely AMAZING how much you pick up when you put yourself in your reader's shoes. I really have no idea why reading on the eReader works better than just reading the manuscript on the laptop or computer, but all the little errors and editing issues stick out like sore thumbs.
Try it -- bet it works.
Wow. That's advice to take to the bank! Great authors aren't just born but they hone their craft and our authors are some of the best! They constantly work at it and advice from other authors is just the first step! We hope you've learned a little more about some of our authors! We also love hearing from you! What's the best advice-- writing or other that you have received? Share please!