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The Craziest Advice About Writing I’ve Ever Heard

Five pieces of advice that helped me improve my writing.

By Elise L. BlakePublished 3 years ago 4 min read
The Craziest Advice About Writing I’ve Ever Heard
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No matter what field of work you try to go into there will always be someone around to give you advice. Whether you asked for it or not and it doesn't matter how long you may have been doing the work before they arrived or even if you're an expert... they'll have advice.

Being a writer is no exception.

I first became serious about becoming a writer as a profession in my second year of college and from there I’ve done my best to turn it into a career. Along my journey, I’ve come across many pieces of advice both good and bad with a great many of them I wish I could erase from my memory.

Here are five of the craziest pieces of advice on writing that I’ve ever been given that actually work. (For me, but hopefully you as well!)

You never know, you just may find one that helps spur you on to finally finishing that book you’ve been putting off.

1. Never Write Facing the Window.

My first creative writing teacher gave me this piece of advice on the first day of class.

Although it sounds strange it does make sense. If you work in front of a window you may get distracted by those walking by or even just the scenery itself instead of just focusing on your computer in front of you.

Limiting distractions is a great way to keep your focus on writing.

2. Write as soon as you get out of bed

Don’t pass go… don’t collect $200 just get right to work.

This goes along the line of making sure you’re making time for your writing and that you have dedicated time to do so.

If you decide, “Well I’ll just have a quick shower, then I’ll get to writing.”

Well, now you notice you need to do laundry or clean the shower. After that now you need to have some coffee, but there are dishes in the sink.

Making writing be the first thing you do will make sure it gets done before you get distracted and put it off for some other time or not at all that day.

3. Tell your story to a child to help you if you’re stuck

Whenever my dad would try to explain something complicated to me that I had no hope of understanding with his big words I had to tell him. “Pretend I’m a five-year-old and let’s try this again.”

Making your story plot simple enough a child could follow it will help you make sure your reader will also be able to follow it. If you have so many twists and turns that wraps the story up into a million little threads that can’t be followed easily, you may need to do some trimming on your story.

Also, by telling a child your story you’ll hear the inevitable, “but, why?” If even you didn’t know why this may help you think quick on your feet (because we all know how patient children are) this may help you find the solution you were looking for without overthinking it.

4. Listen to the same song on repeat

Yes, for most people this would drive them insane. However, for me, as I write I can’t sit in silence and I can’t stand instrumental music.

When you listen to the same song on repeat eventually your mind will begin to send it to the background.

Make this your productivity song, play it every time you write to help spur you into the blank mindset to focus on your writing.

5. Bribe yourself.

It works on children, it works on other people, why can’t it work on ourselves?

Every time you finish a chapter give yourself something sweet, or savory, or even allow yourself a quick social media break.

When I’m struggling to complete some of my college papers I give myself a Watermellon Sour Patch candy every time I finish a paragraph.

For my personal writing, every time I complete a chapter I can get another cup of tea.

You know yourself best, if you like to eat or drink while you write, maybe only take a bite/sip at the end of every page.

Here is a Bonus One!

Only write in comic sans font!

I heard this one circulating around the internet for a while. I saw it everywhere from Youtube to Twitter, even TikTok had mentioned it a few times.

And somehow… it worked!

This font gets so much hate, but the simplicity of the font allows your eyes to see the words glide across the page.

Did it make a HUGE difference to my writing?

No, not really.

However, it made enough of a difference I would suggest giving it a try at least a few times and see if it works for you.

I hope you give some of these tips a try if you’re stuck in your writing, you never know where you’ll find your inspiration.

Best of luck and happy writing!

B. King

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About the Creator

Elise L. Blake

Elise is a full-time writing coach and novelist. She is a recent college graduate from Southern New Hampshire University where she earned her BA in Creative Writing.

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