The trouble with being a writer
Is folk may think you’re a right blighter
You’re too clever by half
Or your tales make them barf
Ignore it, the burden gets lighter.
Wendy Cope and the Poet Laureate have nothing to worry about as far as their jobs are concerned!
To read is sublime
To write is divine
To edit and improve is bliss
To ever get published is an uphill slog.
Writing advice in a nutshell:-
They tell you write what you know
Don’t tell, get on and just show.
Get your characters right,
Make your plot nice and tight.
Do that and be on Front Row!
Put like that it sounds so simple! The above sums up most of the advice I’ve heard over the years (bar the Front Row bit, which is a Radio 4 writing fan’s dream appearance slot!).
But I found the following to be true too:-
Want to know more about your characters? Drop them right in it and see what they’re really made of! Stress brings out the best and worst of a character.