Most writers'/authors' blogs actually give writing advice, and I figured that I should probably do that too - give back to the people who've inspired and given me advice by passing it forward. But most of what I know has, of course, already been covered 1000000x on the internet and I don't think anybody wants to see it here again.
I do have a little bit of advice though that I think bears repeating, and that I don't see all the time.
The better you get at writing, the harder it becomes. You see all your pitfalls and mistakes (past and present) that much more clearly, and you feel that much more pressure to fix them, and that much more grief that things just don't seem to be as good as you know they can be.
But this is a good thing, because if you stop being able to see what's ahead of you, then that means you've gone as far as you can. Not that I think anybody ever needs to worry about reaching that point. Remember what Murakami said: there exists no such thing as a perfect sentence. Just as there exists no such thing as perfect despair.
It gets harder, but it comes with the guarantee of getting better.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go beat my head against my laptop. Cheers!
- ► 2012 (13)