The best writing advice…

First Writer’s Wednesday of the year. (And hopefully it will persist with some bi-weekly consistency.)

I had the pleasure of listening to some of Elizabeth Gilbert’s interviews on writing, and I also read her book ‘Big Magic’. I liked her wit, especially in the interviews and perspective on what writing was to her.

One thing I took from the book (years before I would listen to the interviews) was to not put a lot of pressure on your writing or creativity. I guess you get to writing and there are all these ideas of fame and grandeur and money! Who doesn’t love money!! (And if they said so, they are lying). Afterall you see all these people who have made it big in this career and you think, that could be me. Should be me.

And she talked about this, the human incapacity to hold all that glory that people pile on them. She went on about the creatives mental health and how they seem to die early. It’s a lot of good stuff – just watch On balancing work and passions and Finding your elusive genius

But she talked about her concept of the genius whom, if she is to be believed, was what the ancient civilizations credited for their creativity. Something outside themselves. Which was blamed for a writer’s block and praised for their success. Humans remained as they are, creative vessels. If your genius didn’t show up, well and good. If they did, well and good. You didn’t walk around with this pressure and cloud over your head worrying – like I sometimes do – what will become of you if you walk up and somehow couldn’t write.

It leaves me conflicted a bit though. Because I read something from one author that also resonated with me. He said he knew from the start that writing was going to pay the bills and he didn’t have the luxury to simply approach it casually. Almost like I know writing is it for me… Almost. Because some days carry their own doubts.

But we’ll approach it all without pressure. And I liked how Gilbert put it…I’ll show up for my job. I’ll keep showing up.

If you have made it this far and don’t mind sharing,I would like to know what is the best writing advice you have received so far.

9 thoughts on “The best writing advice…

  1. The best advice I read: “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Blessings and Peace!

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  2. Interesting post sis
    The best writing advice I ever received was : “Keep writing”🤣🤣🤣🤣
    It doesn’t sound like the ‘best’ but it makes sense. When I feel some type of way, …like no inspiration…i just keep going. It makes now

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    1. 😅😅 I think that is the most repeated advice. It’s so simple but the task comes in the doing. It certainly makes sense. Almost like that practice makes perfect advice. Keep writing.

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    1. I had only ever heard the last bit of that advice ‘keep writing’ but I like the purpose that shines through from the first bit. Thank you for sharing. And we’ll do our best to change the world a word at a time.

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  3. Hey! I enjoyed reading this. I haven’t received a lot of writing advice but I’m so interested in reading the book you have mentioned. I’ll definitely get my hands on it and watch what you’ve shared. Very interesting perspectives here.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for dropping by. The book is great. I think it gets you thinking about what you want to do with your creative gift. I’m sure you’ll get something out of it and the interviews as well. Thank you for reading and commenting :).

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