100 Word Challenge – Advice to Struggling Writers

Writer’s Relief is a website I found through Twitter. They send emails with helpful hints, links and tons of information. Today’s email also had a 100 word challenge: what would your advice be to a struggling writer? My NaNoWriMo novel is past the magical 50K milestone so I felt I deserved to diverge from murders in 15th century France. You can read that advice below, but here’s one other bit of advice: visit Writer’s Relief today and subscribe. You won’t be sorry. And you can enter the 100 word challenge too, if you have some words of wisdom to share. But don’t wait too long: entries must be submitted today.

100 Words of Advice for Struggling Writers

If you’re struggling with your writing, I have good news. That means you ARE writing which is the first and hardest step. Here are two tips: The first is to simply skip the hard part. Move on to the next chapter or scene; find a section that’s not so difficult and start there. Second: don’t take it so seriously. Write a silly scene; free your creative juices. Granted, neither of these two ideas will result in a well-honed final draft but you can always edit later. If you don’t write, you won’t get to the editing part. Now go, write!



About Diann Writes

Diann L. Tongco enjoys sketching, crafts and photography as well as writing poetry and novels. To stay out of trouble, she writes, shows curly-coated retrievers, grows fragrant roses, drinks good of wine with friends, and spends time with her grandchildren. She lives on Washington's Puget Sound with her boyfriend Nick and their dog Ozzy.
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