I’m a little late to the ball on this one, but here it goes. If you want to improve your writing, and I mean really improve it, you need to listen to people who are better than you. People who have already figured this writing business out. The all-time greats.
Even if you don’t like their writing, shut up and listen to them. Because they set goals, and then they accomplished them. That’s worth more than their actual novels. It’s about the tangible accomplishments that they’ve worked for. Experiences like that should make your advice valuable to anyone, regardless of who you are or what you do.
Alright, enough rambling. Here’s how Motivation Monday is going to work. Every Monday, I’m going to post a quote from a successful author and tell you how it makes me feel. I could explain it with more words, but I think that sums it up well. Here we go.
My god, Earnest. That’s powerful stuff. I remember first seeing this quote a couple years ago. Sometime in my freshmen year of college I think. I’ve seen it a few times since then, and it always makes me stop for a moment and think.
There’s such a stigma attached with writing these days. When you’re growing up, it’s all about force-fed grammar lessons and page requirements. There are so many rules and expectations that the actual content, the emotion, the opinion, is lost in the four pages of 12 pt. double spaced Arial font with standard margins.
Pour yourself into your writing. Maybe you’re writing a fiction piece about a seemingly unrelatable artist who grew up in Bruges in the 15th century? Find a way to relate. You both like black coffee because that’s how your moms used to make. You both broke your arm falling out of a tree when you were seven. You both have a birthmark beneath your left eye that’s shaped like Texas.
Whatever you write, make sure it’s you writing and not some bullshit requirement. It needs to be real and genuine, and everything else fades away when you find that mindset.