<p><a href=’http://tryingtowriteit.com/2013/03/07/why-have-i-never-heard-of-half-of-the-people-who-give-writing-advice/’>Why have I never heard of half of the people who give writing advice?</a>.</p>
I love this topic and this post from a fellow blogger. I think it’s an incredibly relevant point. I am one of those people who will buy a whole lot of “how to” writing books and love to take advice because I feel I can always learn something. But it’s an easy trap to fall into – – you’re so busy researching about writing, reading about writing, learning how to better write that you don’t actually write!
I have a friend who is the published author of more than four books; we actually met after I reviewed his first book (which I loved) and he appreciated and like my review so much that he kept in touch with me. He gave me some terrific advice. Writing groups can be a good thing but they can also be very defeating. When someone’s “job” is to critique it can leave the writer with discouragement and dismay. (This I know to be true from firsthand experience after taking a writing workshop). There are also excellent “how to” books on writing out there (and he gave me a list of those that he uses). But of course . . . at some point you have to put the book down and get to writing.
I wonder about authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham and the like. Did they take writing courses? Did they belong to critiquing groups? They have managed success that most of us fantasize about. Stephen King has written a memoir on writing. If he offered a course, would I take it? You bet your ass!
So what say you, readers/writers? Do you trust those “experts” who tell you how to be successful as a writer, even if you’ve never heard of them? Do you think writing classes are necessary? How about writing groups/critique groups? Let me know what you think!
- Book Review – On Writing by Stephen King (amidstbooks.wordpress.com)
- Words of Warning Before Any Words of Wisdom (christophervalexander.wordpress.com)
- How to Run a Writing Group: Dealing with Feedback (writingiscake.com)
- Momentum (shimango.wordpress.com)
- Joining a Writing Group (elenacarpi.wordpress.com)