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Although I still have plenty of information from the Writers Police Academy to share, I thought I’d take a short break and share some tidbits from another conference I attended right after the WPA. Author Fest was a two-day series of workshops and talks held about halfway down the mountain, in Manitou Springs. Our first speaker was author Barbara Wright.
Wright talked about her days as a fact-checker for Esquire, and of her travels. She mentioned that it takes 10,000 hours to master a craft, which reminded us that we can’t expect to sit down and crank out a best-seller. She also shared her “Rules of Writing”—things she’s learned along the way, and I have her permission to share them with you here.
1. Keep it concrete.
2. Familiarize yourself with the best writing. Dismantle it and ask yourself what makes it work.
3. Create the conditions you need in order to write.
4. Everything is material.
5. Anyone can be a writer.
6. Don’t take rejection personally.
7. Keep your eyes and ears open.
8. There’s no such thing as failure. The only way you can fail is to quit.
9. Don’t show off. Add details must be in service of the story.
10. Pretty good is not good enough.
11. You don’t find ideas; ideas find you.
12. Take risks. They force you to be better than you are.
And, she closed with a quote from Somerset Maugham: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody know what they are.”
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