Five writing practices every author should know.
Here’s my top five writing practices learnt from Marguerite Yourcenar, after reading Memoirs of Hadrian.
Patience. It takes time to find your angle, create the context and gather information. Don’t rush the process. Review objectively. Embrace the opportunity to completely start again.
Passion. Follow your heart and your gut. Will, desire and drive sustain you during the tough times. Love the moments when the project is lost to you. Your passion for writing will slay demons and dark times. Your readers will want more long after the project is done.
Persistence. Keep turning back to your project, despite trouble or delay. Try and try again when the words won’t flow or the context is wrong. Some aspect, no matter how small, may be ripe for coaxing into something wonderful. Be dogmatic. Choose open mindedness.
Practice. Find your unique voice – hone it, share it. Authenticity glows. Explore other projects that challenge or nurture you. Writing improves with a variety of projects.