My main squeeze picked the winner...
Thanks for entering and here is all the great writing advice that you shared with me:
*Playlists! I write best when listening to music, especially if certain songs speak to my character.
*Don’t self-edit! Wait until later before you edit otherwise you’ll second guess yourself.
*If the juices aren’t flowing, don’t try and force yourself to write anything serious.
*Dance parties to celebrate victories and really motivating for finishing.
*Brainstorm with a buddy.
*Write what you know
*Give the who, what, where, when and why.
*Adopt a plain writing style
*When stressed out, eat a cookie.
*When editing, read the manuscript from back to front.
*When querying, make sure you’ve got your genre right.
*Grammar—live it, learn it, love it!
*In the time you just spent whining about how you don’t want to revise, you could have revised two pages.
*Spring House Balsam fir candles. If your story is set in a forest and you live in the city, these can take you straight to the woods as soon as you light one. I’m big on scents when I write and have different candles for each story.
*Don’t write what you know…but rather write about what you care about.
*Love your writing like you love your dog; unconditionally. It might not always be perfect, but at the end of the day, you can’t live without it and it makes your soul smile.
*Completely ignore the editor on your should while writing. The little demon isn’t there to improve your writing, he’s there to sidetrack you so you never finish.
*The biggest one is to just sit down and write. Everyone thinks they can write a book, but very few take the time to do it, and that makes all the difference (of course, if they had a pen that smell like watermelon, I think they might be more motivated).
*Go see something artistic and brilliant. I do my best thinking about movies, symphonies, art galleries….I always feel compelled to write after I’ve beheld something triumphant someone else has tossed out into the universe for us to enjoy.
*Write something everyday.
*Read everything (books, blogs, etc.) and apply what inspired you to your writing.
*Spring House candles, Ipod music that fits whatever work you are currently writing and homemade sugar free vanilla lattes!
*Don’t let anyone discourage you from writing. If you want to write, write.
*Read other books
*Finish your novel
*Keep you butt in your chair and write everyday
*Write what you want to read. Forget about everyone else's thoughts/opinions and tell the story you want to tell. Go with your gut.
*Always go for the highest stakes. What is the worse possible thing that could happen?
*Kill those babies (things you love in your writing)...the new ones will be better!
*Read Stephen King's On Writing