On Writing : Writing advice? by Matt Crockford

Matt Crockford

Writing advice?

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors
21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors
A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist. Even the great writers of our time have t…
Geoff Hall

My favourite: No.8 There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham The same goes for screenplays or TV scripts! My second favourite is: No. 10 Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman Food for thought, especially with the plethora of script doctors out there in the 'real' world.

Izzibella Beau

Thanks for the article. I fit number 17 perfectly. "Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain." One of my first rough drafts had over 1500 very's, that was out of 120k words. She was very excited, very happy, very depressed, etc...now I get rid of every filter word that isn't necessary.

Jim Duncan

Number 3 is great. I think I already obey 15 too much. Ha.

Geoff Hall

very good @Izzibella

Matt Crockford

No´s are so good/true as is 12....actually they are all so true/funny ;) Perfect for when we think we´re a bit too good/crap

Gabriel Perez

no.1 is perfect for me

Faith Elizabeth

haha love this!!! number 21 got me LOL x

Niksa Maric

1, 9 and 12 - 3 perfect guidelines.

James Murray

18!! It goes for acting as well.

David Morris Parson

18 for me. It's all about your own special VOICE.

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