Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for Author

Perhaps the most obvious thing related to writing is author. There can be no writing without authors! (At least not until they really perfect that writing software. :) ) Right now, I'm pondering what to teach my fellow aspiring authors for my MFA teaching practicum requirement. I think the best piece of advice for an aspiring author is: write! I know it's obvious, but you have to write in order to be an author. Also, as the years slog by for me as an aspiring author, another good piece of advice seems to be: don't give up.

A also seems to be for advice. What do you think? What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Since we're talking about authors, I really should acknowledge the debt of gratitude I owe many authors. Thanks go out to the many authors whose work I've loved over the years and who made me love books. Thanks go out to my fellow aspiring authors, my fellow students, my critique partners. I sincerely appreciate your words of commiseration, support and encouragement! You rock! And thanks go out to the authors who I've had the pleasure to meet or know in person and who have encouraged my work. You rock, too! And, yes, I will consider some vocabulary-building exercises. :)

Happy April Fool's Day, everyone!


  1. Another aspiring author here - April will apparently amaze us, won't it? Good luck with the challenge!

  2. I agree, April will astound us. :) Thanks for the good wishes, Elizabeth!

  3. I like don't give up. Also I highly recommend building a community of other writers. It feels much less lonely!

  4. I think you offer good advice. i would add 'get to the end' which makes the world of difference even if the writing isn't there yet. Completing a piece can really lift you.


  5. "Write!"--sometimes the most obvious advice is the best. So much time spent thinking, dreaming and reading how to be an author--it can be easy to neglect the actual writing.

  6. "Write" is the best advice. I think it's easy to want to be author but hard to keep writing.

    Good luck with the challenge!
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  8. I love the advice I've heard to 'let your first draft suck'. It takes the pressure off :)

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  9. Great blog post for the first day of the challenge.

  10. I really like that advice, write is what I do !!
    Lovely post !

  11. Great start. Now I've got to go write...