Five Writing Practices Every Author Should Know

Five writing practices every author should know.
Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar.
Escaping a stifling Rome in 2019, I took a tour of Tivoli and the decision changed my life. At the time I was keenly interested in the Borgia dynasty, so a trip to the Tivoli Gardens and the former Benedictine convent known as Villa d’Este, was high on my list of priorities. 
As fate would have it, a right hand turn at Hadrians Villa brought me face to face with Marguerite Yourcenar.
Meeting Hadrian and hearing about her dogged determination to write her account of his life, influenced not only the rest of my research trip to Italy, it changed my whole perspective about writing and its challenges.

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.

Gratitude. Show it to those who’ve helped you along the way. Own the small achievements. Give thanks in moments of accomplishment. #inspiration#writingtips