14 Pieces of Key Advice From Authors on National Author Day

Happy National Author Day! 

I've decided to read through all my past author interviews and share 14 Pieces of Key advice from them that I think you need to read so carry on to check them out below! 

1) Sam Destiny - Interview HERE

Don’t compare. Don’t read reviews. Love what you do. Take a break if you feel overwhelmed. I started last year to take off December from writing for publication and all things like that. It made me free and ready for 2018. I plan the same this year. You have your own pace, so don’t get frustrated if others write faster than you. And… did I mention, love what you do? ;-) To be honest, this isn’t a race. This isn’t a competition. Have your goals. Chase them. And be kind. Talk to authors. Make friends. It goes a long way. Oh, and… Love what you do. :-D 

2) Katie Oliver - Interview HERE

Follow your passion in whatever you decide to write. Don’t try to shoehorn your story to fit whatever’s in vogue with publishers at the moment; chances are, whatever’s hot today – whether it’s a mash-up of classics and gore or Fifty Shades of whatever - will glut the market in six months or a year. Be bold. Be different. Write what you truly want to write, what you burn to write, and that passion will come through on the page.

3) Kay Jaybee - Interview HERE

Enjoy it! Don’t get bogged down in what you ‘ought’ to write- write how you want to write.

4) Jennifer L Armentrout - Interview HERE

 You should write what you want to write, and not what you think you need to write.  And write every day!

5) Kira Sinclair - Interview HERE

Write, write, write. Seriously. The only way you get better - the only way you figure out your voice and what makes you unique - is to write. Varied and often. Stretch yourself. Try something new. Try something that scares you. You might just find that's exactly where you belong.

6) Fiona Walker - Interview HERE

Write what you would love to read, believe in your characters and try to get to the end of their story, however unmotivated you may feel by the muddle in the middle (and we all do!). Then enjoy the editing – it really can be the best bit, and it’s where some of the most creative writing moments happen.

7) Carole Matthews - Interview HERE

Don’t be in too much of a rush to publish. Keep writing and writing to get better at it. Don’t just dash something off and think, that’ll do.

8) Victoria Connelly - Interview HERE 

Love what you’re doing because most writers face years of rejection before making publication so you really need to be passionate about what you’re doing and that will keep you going. Also, read lots and write every day if you can and – most importantly – don’t give up! My first published novel, Flights of Angels, was rejected over 100 times and then went on to be fought over in a bidding war in Germany and then made into a film. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on that book!

9) Adele Parks - Interview HERE 

Write. Seriously, it astonishes me how many people tell me they want to be a writer but then confess they never write anything more elaborate than a shopping list. Write every day even if it’s only for 20 minutes and even if you’re not in the mood. If you’re stuck for something to write about set yourself tasks, such as describing what you can see if you look out of the window, or your earliest memory or how a new dish tastes. It doesn’t matter what you write, or even if you ever use the exercises in your big novel, it simply develops discipline.

10) Kahlen Aymes - Interview HERE

Have a thick skin. Reading is subjective and not everyone will like your book. (This includes agents and publishers). I had three publishers ask me for completely different revisions. Whats one persons treasure is anothers trash, and there isnt one damn thing you can do about it. There are also people out there that will have an opinion even if theyve never read one word youve written. Its hard to take sometimes, but just let it go. Believe in your story and in your skills…but keep working to get better. We can always get better.

11) Jane Green - Interview HERE

Write the book you want to write, not the book you think is going to sell, and finish one book before you start another – anyone can start a book, but finishing it is the hard part.

12) Jana Oliver - Interview HERE

It’s a rough and tumble business and there are a ton of folks out there who want to be published. The best advice I can give is to work on your craft every day. Write (and finish) your first story, be it short or long. Then write another. With each subsequent novel/short story you’ll get better at shaping those words into something someone might want to read. Network with pro authors, join writers’ groups and have other folks’ critique your work. If you have “committed persistence” you’ll get published one day.

13) Nina-Marie Gardner - Interview HERE

Just write. All the time, and read. Take as many workshops as you can, not for what you will learn about how to write, but simply because it will force you to produce and submit stuff—you’ll get used to not just finishing stories and chapters, but also revising them. 

Workshops are also great for learning to steel yourself to criticism—taking what’s useful to you, but also standing firm on your vision and telling your story the way you want to tell it—having the confidence in your work to not let the bullshit feedback destroy it. I know how I want things to sound, it’s like I listen to the story in my head—& I say tell it like you hear it. 

14) Emma Hannigan - Interview HERE

Write about things that interest you. If you find it boring so will others! Equally, if you feel drawn in by a character or story line, so too will your readers. Also be honest. Stay true to yourself and your own voice. Don’t try to be like someone else. We’re all unique and that should stand out in what you’re writing.

What do you think of the advice shared above? Let me know in the comments below and I hope it helps you in your writing! 

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