Things to Remember: Writer pt. 3

11. Figure out what you want to read and write it.

This is old advice, but it has held true as long as I’ve been writing. I think this is especially true in fandom, but it can translate to the world of professional writing, too. Maybe it’s not even what you want to read. Maybe it’s what you need to read.

12. Find out what a close friend wants to read and write it.

This is my foolproof writers block buster. I have a handful of close friends, and by “close” I mean “so close I know their kinks.” If I’m having trouble figuring out what to write, or finding the motivation to write, I can almost always write something for a friend.

13. Decide what you want your children to read and write it.

Replace “your children” with “children you care about” or “the next generation” if it’s easier for you. But for me, there are things I want my daughters to read because there are things I want them to learn, and sometimes it’s easier to learn a lesson from a book.

14. Pinpoint what you love and write it.

It’s easy to write about what you love. Even if you’re not an expert, even if you don’t even know very much. Knowledge comes as you write. So write, and learn, and discover.

15. Not everything written must be shared.

This is something I think a lot of writers forget. Some things are for your eyes only. Some things aren’t even worth re-reading. And some things are just too private to share. It’s all right to keep some things to yourself. It’s your writing. You can do whatever you want with it.

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