Here are some inspiring words from the accomplished writer Anne Rice from an article in the latest edition of The Writing Magazine. Her advice not only relates to the field of writing, it’s valuable in all areas of life. It really struck a chord with me, I hope it will do the same for you.
Write and write and write (The Writing Magazine, Sept 2015 – Pg 6)
American author Anne Rice, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for her vampire novels, especially Interview with the Vampire published in 1976, has some enthusiastic advice for writers on the Goodreads website, ‘the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations’.
She says: ‘On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless. Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn’t help you. Do it your way. Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write. The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck.’