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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If You Have Something To Say, Just Say It

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

I get letters. I get stacks and stacks of letters:

Dear Linda...
How do I become a writer?
How do I write a book?

If you ask five writers how to become a writer, how do I write a book?, you will get ten different answers.

Truth is, when it comes to writing and writing a book, each writer must carve her own unique path.

We simply must roll up our sleeves, get in there and slug through it best we can.

My suggestion:


Set a clock timer for fifteen minutes. Grab your fastest writing pen and write. Do it every day. Give yourself permission to write the worst junk in the Universe. Fill one notebook a month with anything and everything that pops into your head.


Read anything you can get your hands on, i.e., books, magazine articles, advertisements plastered on sides of buses, milk cartons, cereal boxes, commemorative postage stamps,Chinese fortune cookies, to name a few. The important thing to remember is putting words on paper requires fuel, i.e., words on paper. You wouldn't think of taking a long trip without first gassing up your car. Same thing with writing.

Writing Tip:

If you want to write a book, choose your genre. Find a book you like. Study that book. Take it apart. Figure out how that author did it.

If you want to write for magazines, same thing as above.

Attend workshops and seminars in your genre. Join a book club. Take an online writing course.

When it comes to becoming a writer, and writing a book, know this:

It is all there deep inside you. You have only to sit quiet and let it happen. Like a hot spring, it will bubble up and before you know it, it will burp out your pen.

Now go write someting.

I dare you.

See you in print,
Linda Della Donna
"...And sometime when I wasn't looking, I got a new life."

Writing Quote:

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." --Anaïs Nin


Martha J. M. Orlando said...

To become a writer, one must write and read - yes! I couldn't agree more!
And, one has to practice. I love writing something every day and I know my skills have improved because of this.
Thanks for sharing, Linda!

LindaDellaDonna said...

Hi Martha,
Appreciate your vote of confidence. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy schedule to leave a comment. said...

and, please say it WELL!

LindaDellaDonna said...

Hi Cerebrations,

Your comments always put a smile on my face. You did it again.

Thanks. :)L

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,
Glad I gave you "fuel" for your blog today. (lol) Really good radvice. Keep it up!!! Thanks for being my friend. <3 Hope

Debra said...

Gotta agree with Roy,"And please say it WELL! That's if you hope for an audience. Practice does eventually make perfect - almost ;-)

LindaDellaDonna said...

Like I said, ask five writers how to become a writer, you will get ten different answers. When new writers write and ask me, I like to teach turn off the internal editor and just write--no backspacing, no deleting, just writing. That well stuff is for polishing that s**tty first draft.
Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the comment. Thanks for being my friend.