The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Received…and More

I’m over on the Capital City Writers blog today talking about what I’m working on right now, the worst writing advice I ever received, and more. Here’s a taste…

1. What is your favorite part about writing? The most challenging part?


It’s hard to say what I enjoy most because I do enjoy all the different parts of the process for different reasons. I love the idea phase when anything is possible, the drafting phase when I am speaking worlds into existence, the revising phase when I am making this lump of words more closely resemble the perfect vision in my head. There are two contexts in which I feel more elementally me than any other: when I am silently and deliberately exploring the natural world and when I am writing.


The most challenging part is …


Click here to read the rest of the interview.

And tomorrow night I’ll be at Schuler Books & Music in the Eastwood Towne Center leading a free workshop called Empathy over Experience: Writing Convincingly from Someone Else’s Shoes.

The fun starts at 7pm. If you’re a relatively local writer, I hope to see you there!

3 thoughts on “The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Received…and More

  1. Erin, I’m planning on attending workshop tomorrow at Schulers. I have a book idea I’ve been thinking about for several years which would feature a black woman as the main character. As I get closer to being ready to write the book, I find myself asking myself – who am I to write a book starring a black woman? Looking for tips on how best to do this!

  2. Didn’t see a way to comment on blog post – I’ve been struggling with 2. Part of me says if I’m serious about this writing thing, I better start scheduling writing time everyday that can’t be interrupted by all of the other demands on my time. Another part of me refuses to be so organized. Usually the less organized part of me wins out.

  3. I would say that if you are finding that you never finish anything because you’re too casual about when you write, you should schedule regular time to do it, but it doesn’t have to be every day. Maybe three times a week. You can work your way up to every day. When I’m drafting I need to write every day, but when I’m working on other aspects of writing, I need a break from that everyday writing.

    There is something to be said for treating it like a job if what you want is to be a professional writer. You go to a job regularly, even if you don’t feel like it, because you have to. That’s good. To treat writing like a serious profession. But some people feel trapped by the every day thing and it stymies them. You have to find what works for you. And if you’re not getting any writing done, whatever you’re doing is probably not working.

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