We love it when we find a great new writing site. New to us, that is. Writerightwords.com is such a site. Here’s a sample of what we found there:
by Erin Feldman
A few weeks ago, I was asked if I had any tips for aspiring or new writers. Two things immediately came to mind: read a lot and work with a mentor. I then decided to work on a list because I knew two tips weren’t nearly enough.
- Read. Read a lot. Read genres with which you’re unfamiliar. Read authors you think you hate. Read authors you love. Develop, as Dean Young says, a critical sensibility. Ask people, especially other writers, you admire for a reading list.
- Write. Write a lot, too. Write for yourself first and others second. Write without stopping. Write without worrying about how good or bad a piece is. Let the work reach a conclusion before passing judgment.
- Find a mentor. Find someone who will criticize your work but will do so in a way that causes you to grow. Listen to your mentor. Let that person or people guide you. They often see what you can’t.
- Imitate. Forget about style and imitate for a while. Your style and voice will begin to emerge as you do the work.