This conversation has happened at every agency in the world (particularly in the kids and teen department). Agent 1: I’ve got a new project. Agent 2: Yeah? How is? Agent 1: It’s good. Agent 2: Good? Agent 1: Yeah, good. Agent 2: Oh…Damn. Agent 1: Yeah. Agent 2: *Sips martini* That’s too bad. Agents, editors, and […]

via Publishers Don’t Want Good Books — John M. Cusick

It’s a jungle out there – watch out for the vanity presses #wwwblogs #amwriting #selfpublishing

I had a phone call the other day from an elderly gentleman who was trying to find an agent. I explained the process to him and then he said that he’d already published a book, but he still couldn’t get an agent. Digging deeper, it seemed that he was under the impression that if he […]

via It’s a jungle out there – watch out for the vanity presses #wwwblogs #amwriting #selfpublishing — Alison Williams Writing

Write when you can

“You must write every single day of your life…” – Ray Bradbury

“Write every day.” – bloggers all over the Internet

This statement drives me crazy. It makes the Top 5 on almost every list of advice for writers, and it’s unrealistic. It’s generally delivered with no context, and I think it can actually become discouraging to new authors if it isn’t qualified a bit.

Given that, I want to dole out some slightly different advice.

“Write whenever you can.”

Writing every day is an admirable goal, and it’s a wonderful brass ring to reach for. It ensures you stay focused and make time in your schedule to chip away at that essay or novel. However, I think some who might take it as a mandate could get down on themselves if they miss a day or two. If you’re anything like me, your daily life does everything it can to PREVENT you from having free time to sit and write.

Advice on writing when you can fit it into your schedule.

via Writing Tip: Write When You Can — Suburban Syntax