Advice to My Younger Writer-Self – Part 3


Learn how to write by falling down and getting back up again. Learn how to write by reading—some of it will be brilliant—remember it, it savour it, save it on your favourite shelf and keep coming back to it. But don’t forget to also read some the dreck—successful or not, all authors are not created equal. Recognize what excites you as a reader, learn what YOU believe is good or poor writing and emulate the good stuff. 

Learn for the sake of gaining knowledge and expertise, not to prove you can do the job (this goes beyond writing). Opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise are infinitely easier to find if you actually HAVE some knowledge and expertise. Some of the most brilliant writers/editors/journalists were self-taught.

This is NOT to be mistaken for advice to NOT seek professional training. Do both simultaneously. But don’t simply focus on getting the official seal. If the goal is to be outstanding in your field, pursue perfection and accept your limitations as you go.

That warrants repeating: ACCEPT your limitations. Accept everyone else’s too—it makes everything easier.

Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.

This is Part 3 of a multi-part blog post. If you missed Parts 1 & 2, back up and check them out! Come back on December 21st for Part 4.

2 Responses to Advice to My Younger Writer-Self – Part 3
  1. Doreen Pendgracs
    December 20, 2012 | 2:42 am

    This post is so timely for me, Christine, as I have made a conscious effort to accept the fact that I cannot get my book done as quickly as I would have liked. I must accept the limitations on my time and the fact that I am not superwoman. It will get done when I have time to get it done. So be it.

    Wishing you all the best fort the festive season, and may 2013 be filled with wonderful achievements — for both of us.

    • Christine
      December 20, 2012 | 2:16 pm

      Doreen, this year I can feel very pleased with at least one accomplishment: I have maintained contact with a number of other writers I have met through TWUC and other workshops & events. It has made a HUGE difference in both my personal and my writing life. We are such islands when it comes to our work. We benefit so much from contact and support from like-minded souls–all it takes is a quick email once in awhile. Sometimes it’s that tiny spark that lights up the whole day. Thanks again for this wonderful connection! Have a FAB holiday season!

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