Writing advice that doesn’t apply to me

So, when you are a writer and you occasionally (daily) spend too much time on social media, you may start looking for writing wisdom and inspiration on Twitter. Unfortunately, I must not be like other writers because oftentimes these memes completely miss the mark for me. For example:

Typewriter Night
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You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

Trust me, I’m perfectly capable of writing complete crap in the middle of the night. Am I the only one? I’m awakened by a sudden, brilliant stroke of inspiration, stumble to the computer, and feverishly type, convinced I’ve solved all my plot problems. The next morning, I’ve got nothing to show for it except a headache and bleary eyes from losing sleep.

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The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Just before I start, or just as I get started on a new book isn’t the scariest time for me, at all. It’s actually the most fun and exciting moment! When ALL the possibilities are still open and I haven’t written myself (or my character) into an impossible corner. The scariest moment  is when I have a deadline looming and a plot hole the size of Texas staring at me.

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The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Exactly! No, I mean it. This meme works perfectly. Absolutely. Positively.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote, or the best—or worst—meme you’ve seen on social media? Please share in comments.

44 thoughts on “Writing advice that doesn’t apply to me

    1. Yes, THIS! There was a recent Twitter war started when someone made the comment: “Isn’t it odd that Jane Austen wrote so much about romance and marriage, when she herself never married? And Madeleine Friggin L’Engle weighed in to say “Yes, isn’t it odd that I’ve written so much about time travel, when I myself have never time traveled?” Jeesh.

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      1. …and of course I should mention that Madeleine L’Engle died in 2007, but she is still tweeting courtesy of an account managed by her granddaughter. Or she’s time-travelling; one of those.

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      1. Yes, DO THIS! But first, go watch the entire series of “The Librarian” starring Noah Wyle. Useless trivia to the rescue, AND a baddass Bob Newhart thrown in for good measure!

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  1. Love these, Vickie! 😄 My favorite inspirational quote comes from the Minnesota naturalist and author Sigurd Olson. “If you have the power of wonderment, you are forever young.”

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  2. If you’re a writer, write. That sentence, from a fellow writer, inspires me, for some reason. Like, don’t call yourself a writer if you’re not gonna write. It makes me write, anyway!

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  3. Hans Fallada had a rule for himself, “No day will you write less than yesterday.” But that seems like an impossible bar to reach. I like Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour idea of putting in the time to get proficient at something. But for practical matters? BICHOK—butt in chair, hands on keyboard is the only way to write a book.

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  4. If it doesn’t relate directly to the story, leave it out. Our fam is reading Herman Melville’s Moby Dick right now. All of that ancillary material has sparked some wonderful discussions! And don’t get me started on Les Miserables…

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  5. All so true, Vickie! Though I have never actually gotten up to write anything down, so that way I’m not disappointed in the morning. Here’s a fave quote of mine from Jean Kerr, of Please Don’t Eat the Daisies fame. She wrote plays also–and I think this one could apply to books as well: “I think if you can write a play, or produce a play, the first step toward success [is] if people don’t want to kill themselves in the lobby. Now there must be four or five other steps, but that’s the first.”

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    1. Love this one, Jen! I’m coming up on the anniversary of the publication of my first novel (Dec. 29). Five years and five books later, I think I’ve learned a few things. But, I’m not yet ready for the writer olympics, lol!

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    1. Yes, THIS, Cynthia! Glad to know other people know the “often painful, punctuated by glorious moments when it comes together” experience of writing. (Not that I’m complaining, since I don’t want to do anything else!)

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  6. Vickie, I love this! You know what I hate? All rules. Like, “Never use anything but ‘said.'” I hate Elmore Leonard’s rules. There, I said it! Do NOT tell me what to do or not do. Nobody died and got made a writing God, as far as I know!

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  7. This is great, Vickie!! And SO many great quotes to love (and not love).

    My favorite (for today, anyway) is by Elmore Leonard (sorry, Ellen!): “Try to leave out the parts that people skip.” I don’t know if I succeed, but it’s a writing beacon when I want to go on and on. 🙂

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