Tips For Writers

14 Sep

Write because you have something to say.

Write because you’ve always wanted to.

Write because you only just realized that you might die next week, or tomorrow, or five minutes from now, and you want to leave something behind for posterity.

Write because you have a secret fire burning inside of you and the only way that you can fan the flames is by sharing your thoughts with someone else.

Write because you’re bored and don’t have anything better to do.

Write for yourself.

Write for other someone else, or maybe everyone else.

Write because you love seeing your stats counter surge every time you post something. Write because nothing satisfies you quite so much as seeing others share what you’ve written. Write because you like the attention; there’s nothing wrong with liking the attention.

Write because it fills the emptiness in your heart or your soul or your pancreas or wherever your particular emptiness happens to be.

Write because nothing will ever fill that emptiness, and you want to find a way to connect with someone, anyone who might understand.

Write because your tenth grade English teacher told you that you had potential.

Write because your ex told you that your characters were dull and your dialogue stilted, as it’s a well-known fact that there’s nothing better in life than proving someone else wrong.

Write because you have a calling for it, you were born for it, because it’s the only thing you’ve ever wanted to do for your entire life.

Write because you only just decided yesterday that it might be neat to try to stringing a few pretty words together.

Write because even though your imagery might be clichéd and your metaphors weak and your reasoning best described as childish and unsound, you still have a noted talent fur cussing and it’s a scientifically-proven fact that a well-placed f bomb can make or break a paragraph.

Write a thousand words every day.

Write ten words every day, even if those words are nothing more than, “I hope you have a good at school, honey.”

Write one word every day. Today’s word is perigee; tomorrow’s will be sesquipedalian.

Write a book so strange and obscure that no major publisher will ever touch it.

Write something because you know that it will be commercially-viable.

Write serious fiction.

Write romance novels.

Write an epic fantasy series that’s actually a thinly-disguised takedown of your toxic workplace, starring your awful cubicle mate as vile R’hakhnae, the Insect Queen.

Write a review of the movie you saw last night.

Write a grocery list.

Write anything and everything, if writing is what you want to do. Don’t listen to people who want to peddle some kind of elite ideal of what it means to write; don’t buy into the idea that you can only refer to yourself as a writer if you’ve been published in the New Yorker or you have a stack of rejection letters a foot deep or you frequently stay up all night weeping softly into a glass of scotch because you can’t arrange exactly the right words in exactly the right order to say exactly whatever it is you want to stay. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re only a writer if you’ve spent a decade or more suffering for your art, starving in a garret in London or maybe Paris. Try to steer clear of the folks who will want to tell you that only one particular genre or style is real writing.


Just write.

In fact, I’ll even go so far as to say please write, because I promise you that there’s someone out there who’s dying to hear what you have to say, someone whose life might be changed by whatever sentiment you’re about to commit to paper or screen or cardboard-back-of-the-cereal-box. Write because you are the only person who has lived your particular life, and this has shaped your thoughts in such a way that you are the only one on this planet capable of expressing a thought in your own particular way.

Write because no other person who came before you or who will come after to you will ever, ever be able to do it in quite the same way that you can.

Write  because if you don’t tell that story, the one that’s been slowly burning inside of you for the past year, the one that sits like a lump in your throat that never goes away or plays incessantly in the back of your head like a bad song with a good hook, will never be told if you don’t tell it.

Write because you’re the only one who can do this and we’re all counting on you.

Write because.

81 Responses to “Tips For Writers”

  1. Tequila Tudes September 14, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Like it. Like the pict too. Where did u get it

    • blueberry September 14, 2013 at 4:35 am #

      I love the picture too! Thank you for this post 🙂

  2. theresapr September 14, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Reblogged this on lemieuxprblog.

  3. evolution September 14, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Bless you. Thank you.

  4. DysthymiaBree September 14, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    I loved this – thank you.
    I remember reading P.D. James saying once that we write what we have to write.
    I always thought I’d be writing wonderful spec fic and/or literature, but it turns out what I need to be writing about is mental health issues. Go figure.
    Regardless, I truly loved this post – thank you.

    • mgpcoe September 14, 2013 at 4:10 am #

      I started a blog because I wanted to write about programming. Problems I’d run into, solutions I’d come up with.. Very technically oriented. Then a few things happened, and I realise that what I can write about more readily is sexism in the tech sector.

      • DysthymiaBree September 14, 2013 at 11:45 am #

        Sounds like a fruitful journey! Travel well.

  5. Iona Nerissa September 14, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Reblogged this on A Whispered Wind.

  6. Merry September 14, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    How beautifully put!

    But what if no one likes my story?
    (What if they love it?)
    But what if I get writer’s block?
    (What if the words pour from your soul like torrent until your story sings like an opera?)
    But what if I fail at generating a single fan?
    (What if the world flocks to your every word?)
    But, but….but…………

    No. More. Excuses.

    • Isabel Gaviota September 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Yes no more excuses just write write write… i love this blog

  7. corinthialynne September 14, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    This is brilliant.

  8. Tonya R. Moore September 14, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    There are days when I start to get discouraged and really need to read something like this. Today was one of those days.

  9. devynelizabeth September 14, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    Because Sappho’s fragments say “Not one girl I think who looks on the light of the sun will ever have wisdom like this.”

  10. rawwrites September 14, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Flippin fantastic.

  11. Kasey Weird September 14, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Reblogged this on Valprehension and commented:
    Just … yes. I needed this, so maybe you do, too.

  12. Cheney September 14, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Reblogged this on Cheney Daily and commented:
    A great list of “writing tips” from an amazing blogger who I admire for her honesty and spunk. Off to continue my own writing for the day…

  13. alice-in-wonder September 14, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Love this. Brilliant!

  14. girlseule September 14, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Loved this! Thank you!

  15. vevacha September 14, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    “Write because.” Every writer needs to read this.

  16. Writer / Mummy September 14, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Reblogged this on writermummy and commented:
    Just write.

  17. Najmah Bint Nasr September 14, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    You’ll see a life in written words. Just write.

  18. annesquared September 14, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Reblogged this on Anne Squared and commented:
    Just what I needed to read. I think many of us needed to hear. Thanks!

  19. M E McMahon September 14, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Reblogged this on A Dream Come True and commented:
    This gives all the reasons everyone should write!

  20. helenmidgley September 14, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    That was such a great piece, thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Bastet September 14, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Great post! The answer to the million dollar question…why do you write, what inspires you.

  22. Don Chezina September 14, 2013 at 11:14 am #

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  23. Jen Donohue September 14, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    So many reasons. So many great reasons!

    Thank you.

  24. Isabel Gaviota September 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

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  25. Isabel Gaviota September 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I love writing is my world is my life when i wan to get lost in time i just write write write… I love the blog can’t get better!!! God bless you with your love ones…

  26. Life Beyond Borders September 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Thank you!

    I’m going to reblog this.

  27. riterrick September 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on RiterRick and commented:
    Awesome Post! A doubters worst (or best) awakening! Thanks!

  28. riterrick September 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Well written, enlightening post! Thanks for sharing! Well worth following!

  29. Grief Happens September 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I needed to hear this today. Thank you!

  30. My Inner Chick September 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    ** I promise you that there’s someone out there who’s dying to hear what you have to say**

    Superb Post. I Love!

  31. hollyelizabeth20 September 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on Holly Is Writing… and commented:
    Good inspiration!

  32. isitjustmenadine September 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Reblogged this on Is It Just Me? and commented:
    This is so ‘write’…I think I’m funny, great job as always Anne!

  33. Andrea September 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Awesome post!!! There is so much that I relate to on here. It’s like your words in this post stole away the words I couldn’t seem to muster up myself. So, thank you!

  34. NS September 15, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Reading this made me feel all proud and warm inside… just like the first day I decided I was going to be a writer who may-never-get-published-but-would-die-of-happiness-if-she-did. awesome awesome awesome post!!!

  35. mik9121 September 15, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    I love this! It was inspiring 🙂

  36. TheMistyLady September 15, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Reblogged this on The Misty Lady.

  37. Emma M September 15, 2013 at 6:26 am #


  38. addictedtolife September 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on Addicted to life ❤ and commented:
    This really confirmed what I should do! It inspired me.

  39. themagicblackbook September 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    “Write a book so strange and obscure that no major publisher will ever touch it.”

    Inspirational, starting this evening! Gosh, I love to write. Thanks for posting!!

  40. themagicblackbook September 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Magic Black Book and commented:
    Yes, yes and yes

  41. acuriousgal September 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Wonderful reminders for why we write!!

  42. Helen Ross September 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Reblogged this on Helen Ross writes and commented:
    Do you love to write but feel unmotivated OR you find endless number of reasons as to why your shouldn’t or can’t? Now read this. It is brilliant. Now go write!

  43. sarahsolmonson September 16, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Reblogged this on Sarah Solmonson's Blog and commented:
    This is EXACTLY what I needed to read on a Sunday night!


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