I just asked my husband, Russ, what he thinks the best writing advice is so I can put it on my blog and start off Writing Tip Wednesday with a bang.
He said, "Don't do it."
Har de freaking har. He's so clever, which is why I married him. Except he's not the first person to say that to me lately.
A mere seven days ago, author Carol Lynch Williams quoted another author, Rick Walton, as having said, "If you can *not* write, don't." And a while back, Emily Wing Smith told me, "You have
to be a writer simply because you can’t be happy doing anything else.
If you find another profession equally or more fulfilling, do that
Why? Well, because this. And this. (If you're not going to click, here's the short version: Writing forces you to sacrifice too much time and effort for a minimal chance at ever getting published, much less paid. The end.)
If you're still reading, odds are you've already decided you can't *not* write. You would write for free, to quote Stephen King, and that's saying something since you don't already have a billion dollars in the bank.
How did you conclude that you are a writer? What does your brain on not-writing look like? Please tell me in the comments I'm not the only addict who must. write. every. day.
In the coming Wednesdays, expect some writing tips that are actually useful--like how to set realistic writing goals, the kind that make you happy even if you never get published or paid.