This month on the blog we're giving our best advice to other writers.
You're going to be hearing a lot of amazing information over the course of this month. In fact, I have a ton of my own I can share with you.
I have junk drawers, over stuffed closets--even yard sheds full of the stuff.
Most of it is pretty good.
I treasure every scrap of it. That's why I have it piled and stuffed into every available space.
Yet, my experience has also taught me something else.
My best advice is the most effective when I can pair it with your best and specific questions.
For example, just yesterday I was helping a young writer with a short story.
We connected at a recent school visit and after reading her work, I had two recommendations to share with her. They were specific and geared to her needs.
I think they will be more helpful than if I pulled out a dump truck and gave her all my hard earned nuggets of truth all at once.
But for this post--I don't know exactly what you need to hear.
One of you might need the title of a good book on revision. Someone else might need to get past a really bad rejection letter. You could be brand new to writing or treading water in the Bermuda Triangle of the mid-list. The list of what you could need is endless. And I'd have something specific for each of you, if we were having that conversation.
But we're not.
Instead, I figured my best advice would be to go with something universal--something that speaks to me on a daily basis.
"There are so many components of publishing you can't control. But you can decide--every day--how you experience your own writing. Create because you love what you do. Let publishing be the side effect of that joy."
This is something I need to hear almost every day.
It's something I tell myself every day.
And perhaps that alone qualifies it to be the best advice.
Or, maybe it is just my favorite advice because I like to picture all of us successfully published because we write from a place of joy and love. <3