Recently I've gotten quite a few emails asking about my writing journey. Yes, I'm in the querying process. Yes, it's slow. Nothing in the writing world is easily done or everyone would be doing it.
We cope the only way we know how, through copious amounts of caffeine and sweets. We also ask friends for help and confidence when we're done. But most of all, we write.
The first book I read regarding writing was Stephen King's. He's a brilliant writer and quite the eye opener when you're finished with his novel. It taught me quite a few things, most of all, was the fact that he loved writing.
"First we write for ourselves, then we write for others."
That spoke to me. I still use it to this day when I feel the going gets tough. When I first get an idea I put it in a pile. I should honestly have a little tin next to my bedside table so when I have an idea it's written immediately. For now it's on a post-it or in a new notebook. I'll read through them every once in awhile and start an outline. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. However, when I start writing, it's all about what I'd want to read. After all, if I don't want to read my own work, who else will?
So if I were to leave anyone with a piece of writing advice, it'd be to always keep writing. Eventually you'll find something worth finishing.
What keeps you going? What's your favorite piece of writing advice?