Recently I felt the need to go through my pinterest boards and clear out and delete pins that I wouldn’t use or didn’t need.
I know this sounds tedious and you’re probably wondering why the heck would I waste my time and perform such a dull and unnecessary task.
But it’s CLUTTER. I don’t NEED all those things.
I was going through my “writing tip” board. Most of the things I kept were query writing posts and random facts stuff like parts of tall ships and different kinds of rifles.
The stuff I deleted? ALL the writing tips stuff, or writing prompts, or 300 plots twists for your WIP. And deleting all that got me thinking.
There is a PLETHORA of writing advice out there. Some good. Some bad. Some for you and some that’s not for you. There’s nothing wrong with this. Except:
I think there can be too much writing advice. I mean, it all means nothing if you never sit down and actually write and edit things.
I’m a dancer. A teacher can give me a thousand tips to do a pirouette (that’s this:
but if I never actually practice the pirouette it all ain’t gonna mean nothing. Yeah, the tips are great, but if I’m just standing there I won’t get any better. I need to PRACTICE. That’s even more important than the tips. The tips help me to get better AS I’m practicing.
So yeah. Consume all the writing articles you want. But actually writing and editing and having people critique your work is how you will get better. Knowing the science about a character arc is really great but – what about writing one?
I know the way I really got better was by writing and getting critiqued. YES, reading about writing is helpful, and articles I have read have certainly given me little light bulb moments.
But there is SO much out there. Like I can’t remember all these things! So many tips! So many things saying to write a good arc you need to do this, and don’t forget about the three act structure, and here is how you should do backstory, and this is how you write deep POV and –
TOO MUCH INFORMATION.
Anyway. That’s what I got to say. Peace out.
The ballet company’s season starts next week *screams* I’m ready to get back to it but at the same time not ready at all and it didn’t help that last week I had my wisdom teeth out so I have been living off ice cream and macaroni (not a bad life). But I took class yesterday and discover that I can, as always, still dance.
How do YOU sift through all the information out there?
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