poetry / writing

Tip Jar for Writers

No no. Thank you!
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I came across this post via Random House’s Twitter yesterday: 105 Writing Tips from Professional Writers. It’s brimming with advice for the beginning writer, the writer facing “writer’s block,” fiction writing and poetry, and even lifelong learning.

A new favorite tip of mine is one from Margaret Atwood: “A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.”

Do you have a new favorite from this list? What about a tip to add to it?

17 thoughts on “Tip Jar for Writers

  1. Those were fun to read. I liked Virginia Woolf's #52 – Arrange whatever pieces come your way.For me, writing is all about the arranging. The thoughts and words are there, it's getting them in the right order that matters.

  2. I am going to have to click over and scoop up some of those pearls ;). My favorite writing tip comes from Julia Cameron. She encourages writers to keep "Artist's dates". This is a way of feeding the muse, stoking creativity, and just inspiring. It involves going out alone and finding beauty. It really helps me.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea. I like the quote you chose and it has me thinking about wastebaskets in a whole new light. Also like this one by Salman Rushdie: “A poet`s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”

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