What is the most helpful information you have ever received related to writing?
It is a hard question, I thought, as I looked at the email I received.
Several people have recommended books on writing that they viewed as helpful to them in their own journey as authors.
Some colleagues listed the essentials for an author, as being: a quiet home office, a Thesaurus, MS WORD, a good editor, and so on.
Some said I should join a critique group and a professional organization.
Others told me that I must write every day. No excuses.
Still others reminded me to SHOW—not tell.
And, on and on.
But, that doesn’t answer the question as to what has been most helpful to me.
I could say that it has been a combination of things—because, in fact, it has been.
But, I suppose what has been most helpful is the same advice I would give to anyone facing any career change: “Don’t ever compromise your values in in order to get ahead.”
There are some genres that are “popular” in our culture today. I know writing in them would be more lucrative. But, I also know that I don’t want to fill my head with the kind of thoughts necessary to write in those genres.
If I were a nutritionist, I might say, “You are what you eat.”
I believe that whatever we dwell on…whatever thoughts we entertain…we will become. That goes for the books we read, the movies/television we watch, and the music we listen to.
If you think on good things, you will never be embarrassed by—or have to apologize for— the words you have written.