Monday, July 8, 2013

Writing Tips - 5 Bits of Writing Advice

From Gotham Writers' Workshop Inc. and an article in The Guardian comes some great advice about writing from P.D. James.

5 Bits of Writing Advice

1. Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.

2. Read widely and with discrimination. bad writing is contagious.

3. Don't just plan to write - write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.

4. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.

5. Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer - however happy, however tragic - is ever wasted.


  1. Nice tips! I especially like #4, since that seems like my biggest struggle lately. It turns out that what I need to write- what's most personal- is the most well received stuff- imagine that :)

    (Found you via SITS!)

    1. Hi Christy, thank you for visiting from SITS. I'm glad you enjoyed the tips. They're here every Monday. Come back and visit again. If you are ever looking for help and can't find it here on my site, e-mail me and I'll do the research for you.


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