Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Taking advice

I have spent the last couple of day's reading Stephen King's On Writing. It was recommended by Peter Lovesey during his talk a couple of months back.  Peter has never taken any creative writing courses and his best advice was this book.

It is a great read giving insight not only into King's writing but also his life.  It has really made me think about my own journey, how much I am loving it and how much further I need to go!  There is also the aspect of a bad writer is a bad writer but a competent writer can become a good writer.  I'm just hoping I am the latter.

Last Thursday I attended another talk from Writers in Southampton and this time the talk was from Penny Legg. Penny gave a great talk detailing her work since she turned forty.  I have a lot of admiration for Penny as she is juggling many projects including the release of her new book and the other 4 books she has scheduled to be released over the coming months/year.  This is alongside being the founder of Writing Buddies and finding time to advice others (like myself) who are new to writing.  I haven't even included half of what Penny is up too and she makes me feel decided lazy; as has Stephen King.

The more I write the more I realise I need to write.  Now I have the momentum in place it is not a case of keeping it there; it is a need to increase the momentum even more.

I think I will follow King's advice and go for it whenever writing a first draft.  The second draft can be the one where I sort out all my dyslexic tendencies.  If I worry about it for the first draft it may well stop me writing it.

1 comment:

  1. Now what a nice post - fancy you mentioning me! Thank you so much and thank you too for the lovely comments. My head will explode! See you at Writing Buddies soon.