No one ever said that writing a book was going to be easy. Heck, no one ever said life was going to be easy either. Over the years I have learned that anything worth having or doing is worth a fight, sacrifice, and above all obedience. No one ever got anywhere by sitting in a corner and waiting for the Heavens to literally burst open and for God to make all their dreams come true.
I use to think that I didn’t have the authority to speak on anything if I wasn’t living it 100%. But if I was living 100% then I would be perfect, wouldn’t I? And we all know that there is no such thing as perfection in this fallen world. All of us, myself included are literally unperfect (that was a little plug for my Youtube channel…:-P) So even though most of the time I’m lacking, I’m going to give writing advice…right now…I’m doing it.
Tip #1: Don’t be your own worst enemy
Have you ever looked in the mirror and hated what you saw looking back? Or re-read over a piece that you were so proud of only to find that it’s the worst crap you’ve ever read? Have you ever been so crippled and paralyzed by your own criticisms that you can’t move past that obstacle or that scene or that relationship? It’s time to stop.
Shut down that voice before it destroys you. Give yourself permission to suck. Life is short and if you’re passionate about something, go for it. Live unapologetically and stop caring about how others perceive you.
Tip #2: Just write
You don’t have to be Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. You just have to be the best YOU better than you were yesterday. Always moving forward. I love the piece of advice that says, you can’t edit a blank page. It’s so true, because you can’t. Fill that empty space with worlds no one else on the planet can imagine. Fill it with eloquence. Fill it with clumsy sentence structure. Fill it. Because if you don’t you’ll burst.
Tip #3: Be arrogant and cocky
Not conventional advice but still good. I don’t mean boast that you’re the best writer ever in history. But stop diminishing your work before it’s even had a chance. If this is your talent, your passion, OWN IT! Be it. Relish in it. You are amazing. You are gifted. You are a conquerer. Tell the world, “hey, I just wrote this amazing scene last night! The emotion was so raw and my characters have really come to life!” They might not care one poop about your characters but talk about your craft with pride, not shame and embarrassment.
Tip #4: Be Authentic
I’ve kind of said this in the other tips, but be authentic, not a copy cat. If there’s a point you want to get across, just say it and say it boldly. Don’t worry about the consequences of your words. Writing is a form of creative expression. You can be anyone and in the process you’ll discover who it is you truly are.
So there you have it. Literally Unperfect tips on writing. All of life is a journey. One step at a time. If you don’t take a step, you’ll never be moving. Stop condemning yourself, pick up your pen, and be you.