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What You Can Learn from Bad Writers

17th June 2013 Posted in Blog, Writing 0 Comments

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You don’t want to be a bad writer.  But when you’ve been sitting at your desk or your computer for hours, without a single word written, you may begin to question your abilities.  

You’ve read the advice from famous writers, and now you need to take the advice of ‘bad’ writers.

  • Just write – Many ‘bad’ writers sit at their desks or at coffee shop tables, writing.  They don’t think about how amazing their writing is (or maybe they do) and they don’t often think about how they could fix things up.  They just write and write and write.
  • Stick to what you know – While you might want to stretch your writing knowledge from time to time, your writing will be most effective when you write what you know – i.e. locations, genres, descriptions, etc.
  • Forget the rules – Just for the first/second/third draft, forget the rules of writing and how things are ‘supposed’ to be.  Write what you need to write, knowing you can always go back and rewrite things if necessary.
  • Write because you want to – If you’re not writing because you want to write, you may not reach that feeling of effectiveness.  Even if you don’t love writing every single day, you need to want to write in order to do it well – or to do it at all.

Bad writers may not be published and they may not get the attention of bestselling authors, but they do what they love and many of them end up getting noticed for it at some point. You can too.

And don’t overlook the fact that behind every successful bad writer lies a great editor.

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