Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tip Jar for Writers

No no. Thank you!
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I came across this post via Random House's Twitter yesterday: 105 Writing Tips from Professional Writers. It's brimming with advice for the beginning writer, the writer facing "writer's block," fiction writing and poetry, and even lifelong learning.

A new favorite tip of mine is one from Margaret Atwood: "A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason."

Do you have a new favorite from this list? What about a tip to add to it?

17 comments:

  1. Those were fun to read. I liked Virginia Woolf's #52 - Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

    For me, writing is all about the arranging. The thoughts and words are there, it's getting them in the right order that matters.

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Joanne. I like that one too!

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  2. This list can provide months of posts...think I'll print it out. I went back to my 30's: loved tips #30, 34, 37.

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    1. Happy you found the link useful! Look forward to some new posts!

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  4. Thanks Andrea, they are real pearls some of these quotes; and useful.
    I removed the previous comment because od the Google association/ did not like it.
    Looking forward to Lenox.
    Regards,
    Vladimir

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    1. Hi Vladimir! Thanks for visiting my blog. I can't wait for Lenox! Looking forward to meeting you soon. :)

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  5. Love the list! My favorite is --

    Jessamyn West: “Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.”

    =)

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    1. Yes, guts are important when pouring our hearts out on the page. Thanks, Abigail!

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  6. I am going to have to click over and scoop up some of those pearls ;). My favorite writing tip comes from Julia Cameron. She encourages writers to keep "Artist's dates". This is a way of feeding the muse, stoking creativity, and just inspiring. It involves going out alone and finding beauty. It really helps me.

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    1. What a wonderful idea, Laura! I need to start having some of those! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. Andrea - just wanted to let you know your back story post is up at the R&T blog . . .

    (Apologies for delivering notice this way, but I didn't have your email!)

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    1. I saw the post via email this morning! Thank you so much! You all are incredible.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea. I like the quote you chose and it has me thinking about wastebaskets in a whole new light.

    Also like this one by Salman Rushdie: “A poet`s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”

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    1. Oh, I love that one, Jill! Thank you for sharing!

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