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Writing Resources & Advice ~ Tread Carefully…

There’s so much writing advice swirling around now that anyone trying to read it all would never write anything.

Plus, trying to do what everyone says would drive you bonkers :-)

So, I’d suggest you limit the time you spend on advice or resources, say two hours on the weekend , then use the rest of your free time to WRITE.

I’ve done a number of posts in these areas and one called, Yet More Writing Resources . . ., has a link to another post called, Writing Resources, Revisited…, that links to three more posts, “…some with writing tips and some with writing warnings…”.

I recently found a post by J. J. Hebert that has many recommendations for reading about writing, links to videos and articles by writers, plus a link to even more resources. Check out 20 Valuable Writing Resources.

But, before you Tread Carefully  through all that, try some of the videos Hebert has in his lists:

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8 responses to “Writing Resources & Advice ~ Tread Carefully…

  1. Simone Benedict March 28, 2012 at 2:09 am

    All four of the videos were delightful Alexander! Thank you !!!


  2. Barbara Blackcinder March 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for the Video Links Alex, All are great.


  3. Jane Watson March 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Personally, I was not sure I agreed with Anne Rice here – I think writing is by and large re-writing – polishing the gem so to speak – but of course we all have our own methods…

    John Irving made me want to dump my computer and pick up a pencil..

    I simply did not agree with Nicholas Sparks at the beginning about finding one’s genre – you are far better in my opinion finding your own muse or your own ‘authentic’ writer’s voice :)

    To me, Michael Connelly made a lot of sense – write every day and put stuff in the tank… way to go Michael!

    But these were all fun and inspiring to watch…

    Of course, Somerset Maugham said – “There are 3 rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

    I reckon that is because every novel is written by an individual with their own unique approach.:)


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, Jane, our own methods—I tend to do all the rewriting as I’m writing—call it struggling with my Muse.

      It takes a great amount of discipline for me to dump my computer but I do, at least, print out drafts and attack them with a pen at times

      I, too, disliked Sparks’ stress on seeking a genre. That’s one reason I said Tread Carefully—though, for some, it is their “calling”

      Would that more writers heeded the advice of your last sentence, Jane………


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