Top 10 WRITING Tips and Advice from Famous Authors – #BelieveLife



good morning believe nation today we're going to talk about the top 10 writing tips and advice from famous authors the great thing about our profession is there are no rules think for a minute what it's like if you want to be a classic ballet dancer or if you want to be a great violinist or if you want to be a symphony conductor or if you want to be a painter you want to be a movie maker all those fields involve communal apprenticeship personal instruction time practicing many many rules many many ways to do it but a lot of rules and rules involved involved with the people our profession the profession of being a writer doesn't involve any of that all you need is a computer and a word processing program or a typewriter in sandpaper and you can create your whole novel you can create a war and peace or you can create the old man in the sea you know a short lyrical novel or a great big cider you can do it all right there at the keyboard you make it happen and it's it's the most wonderful profession because you can begin it at any time you can do that writing anywhere you can do it in a cafe with your laptop you can do it at a kitchen table you can do it in a garage office and every year somebody makes it to the bestseller list who started out that way in their bedroom writing late at night or at the kitchen table it's always been a profession where Outsiders can easily break in because it doesn't require equipment it doesn't require tutelage doesn't require advancement amongst a group of people you do it all yourself how do you start writing a book well the starting point is you look within yourself and you ask what message do you have that could really benefit or help or change other people what message do you have that you would want your children to know to be able to live a better life what message do you have inside that burns inside of you you you like to talk about it and and explain it then when you when you see articles in the newspaper about your message you've got an opinion you you didn't want to say or something comment something this is where you start it's got to come out of you and then what you have to do is remember that the great rule of life is prioritizing if you have so many ideas but you've got to select one and then what you do is you write at the top of a page piece of paper what are all the things I would want to talk about or include in this book if I was going to write it and then you just simply write your answer to this question well I want to mention this and I want to mention that and what I mentioned this statistic and this quote and this story and you just cursed or start writing when I start to write a book this is my technique and I'll end up sometimes with three long pages points Oh point point point point this is the starting point it's almost like starting off down a hill when you're skiing your stems start to move faster and faster I was just wondering what advice you give young people were considering careers as writers aha I think you are right along those are really the two major things you can't put it off you have to you have to really do the work you have to be you have to be well read I don't have any patience with people who say oh man I want to be right about I don't have time to read but if you don't have time to read you can't be a writer you've got read just about everything so I think that's the most important thing and then you have to you have to read and I mean you have to write in order to develop in style the creative style of your own and when it comes to the reading part of it there's a magic moment a really magic moment if you read it up it will always come to you if you want to be a writer where you put down some book and say this really sucks I can do better a book if it's going to succeed at all if it's going to have any chance of succeeding it's got to be vibrant and alive and it's got to have a beating heart it's got to be organic and and then it stands a chance if it's not any of those things and it's got no chance I'm not saying it's guaranteed success because that's in the lap of the gods but to get to the starting line you got to have a vitality to the book and the only way you can get that vitality is to have one mind working on it which is yours if you sit down to write a book and you say this is what I really want to do but this author says do it this way and that author says no do it this way and the third author says well what about this if you start doing it by committee you lost there has no vitality it just comes out like like a cardboard thing and so the best advice for a budding writer is ignore all advice I have some basic advice about how to approach writing but you must remember what I said there are no rules so if what I say isn't useful to you forget it but what has always helped me was something a friend of mine Floyd Salas a novelist told me in Berkley years ago he said go where the pain is when you write go where the pain is and I think what Floyd meant was right about what hurts go back to the memory that causes you conflict and pain and almost makes you you know makes you not able to breathe and and write about it explore it in the privacy of your room with that keyboard go where that pain is don't be afraid of that well I would add another rule to Floyd go where the pleasure is go where you really want to be in writing write the exciting thing that you want to write write the book that's interesting to you if you find that you're bored with the book don't give it up and put it aside think okay what do I have to do to this book to make it interesting to me should I maybe change point of view should my character have a revelation should he just jump up and do something completely different I mean what do I have to do to make it exciting to me and and if you keep doing that with the book if you keep making exciting citing to you if you keep doing what's interesting to you pretty soon you'll be getting I've been in the morning and thinking I've got to get to work because I want to find out what happens I mean that certainly is what happens to me when I'm writing I'm writing away you know and I get up and I think oh my god I have to know what Ruben is going to do up at night at point I I left all the characters you know doing this and that I have to know what's going to what's going to happen look what we're going to find out and what we find out has to be exciting to me and if you follow that rule at least if I follow it a book results and that book is exciting to me and it's exciting to other people not all of them for every every book I've written has gotten reviews on Amazon that say this is the worst book ever published this woman does not know how to write so you know you can't bat a thousand you can't win them all but if you follow that advice I think you will turn out the book that you yourself are proud of the book that you love and the book that you want to take out into the world I often get asked by younger readers what I would advise if you want to be a writer this is the way I did it so that's the only advice I can give you've got to read as much as you possibly can because that's the best way to recognize good writing and to learn what makes bad writing and those are very good things you'll probably go through a phase where you imitate your favorite writers that's perfectly okay that's another learning process you resign yourself to writing lots and lots of rubbish you just got to write that out of your system and sooner or later you'll hit what you know you really should be doing and what is your genre and perseverance you've got to persevere because it is a it's a career with a lot of knock backs but the rewards are huge I don't mean in the sense that if that's what you really want to do to be able to do it lifelong is the best thing in the world very rewarding but it's not a career for people who are easily discouraged that's for sure and to their parents don't tell them it's unrealistic never to never say that because even if they're not published writing well writing is the passion of my life so it's an important thing to do the key like to meet your writing is – this is it which is if you guys want to write on once to write is my first thing is I assume no one cares whatever I'm writing Madison no one cares about what I'm writing about nobody cares about me nobody cares about what I have to say no one cares about the things I care about and if you just go from the premise that nobody cares and how can I make them care from the first sentence from the first paragraph you know at the end of that chapter how I'm going to make them turn the next chapter to me my main goal is to keep it interesting for the people and assume no one's interested what is inspiration inspiration is breathing right so you put what is outside inside of you and then you expire so inspiration something that everybody has not only writers everybody has while you or she write do things is love it is connected to this energy that we don't understand we can explain explain explain but it is connected with the energy of love if you enjoy what you are doing you are going to be inspired to share with other people however inspiration you cannot guide inspiration inspiration is a boat and you are in this boat in a sea so that is gigantic sea and your boat is taking you in spirits guiding you in spirits as this wind that is guiding you towards your destiny if you try to guide inspiration you're lost you can do it of course but then go and write a technical book what you need to do what at least I need to do when I sit down to write is to have another idea as I mentioned my previous podcast but that is allow myself to be guided by just overall overall idea I go into this boat of inspiration sit here every morning when I'm writing a new book when I was writing a laugh normally I started at 11 o'clock in the morning and then of course I had the ideas of the previous night where I was upstairs in my bed thinking tomorrow I need to write about this Jesus isn't this and I took a lot of floats then I sit here I read this note and I said oh let's let's try to do this but I know it's not going to work and then you start using our notes to write the next page the next chapter but the notes are not connected with your conspiracy or my expedition so after half an hour trying to do this or that I finally get into this boat because you need to discipline also to go into this boat and I allow myself to be guided but first even though I'm not a fiction writer at this point who knows maybe I'll try that and make a mess of things but bird by bird first for all the psychological trials and tribulations word my bird is the book that I read when I feel like I'm going into the abyss or having a complete meltdown it's a wonderful book for getting out of that but I also would say like when you're stuck when you're not sure what to write tell a story so you like show and don't describe it show it so if you're like oh how should I describe this point do this do that like bullet point this bullet point that give an example give a story and just so what's an example of how you did that in the 4-hour workweek uh it well any time I hit a sticking point which was very very very often I would there were a couple things that I would I would ask myself who whose story can I tell like who embody is this point or this principle I mean Jack obviously is a mastiff of this style of storytelling and secondly po bronson is a great writer and has written many many good books at one point I heard him on a panel and somebody in the crowd a stone about writer's block and and he said well when I get writer's block I think about what makes me really really angry and I read about that and it's actually fantastic advice if you write about what most frustrates you why it frustrates you and then like what you did about it uh you usually come up with something good and I would also emphasize so I have a lot of thoughts on this but like the book is the most important thing you need to bake the product the market getting into a good book like that's that for me that is almost all of it and then the rest a lot of it takes care of itself but what I would say is make your quota really small so two crappy pages a day that's your quota for me that's the only way I can slog through a book like not happy pages a day this idea of two is is I think we're hitting the number two yeah all right yeah I cannot think of a book or I'll just want to like cry into my pillow and go to sleep I can't do it the biggest advice I can give you is finish one book when you finish even even if it's the worst book ever written and history something changes in your mind and you think wow I finished a book I can write a book and it becomes much easier and then it's like piano or singing anything practice makes you better surrender and keep writing and you'll get better and you'll get published and you'll come visit us in America Wall Street I think the best thing to do is to remember that you have to send it out lots of people think that they have a best-selling book but it's downstairs in the third drawer of their of their desk now you have to send it out the publishers cannot be inspired they cannot come to your house with a demolition gang saying we understand there's a manuscript here you have to send it them and then by doing that you have to have to risk rejection if you don't go to a dance when we were young if we didn't go to a dance you didn't have the humiliation of people passing you by and not dancing with you but you also had no fun and it don't send it to other writers if somebody send me a manuscript I say my secretary and I would have a note ready say I'm returning your manuscript to you unread you and I are in competition with each other I'm the wrong person to write to and that's actually the truth because I might accidentally steal an idea from something all right deliberately if I was that kind steal an idea from somebody so it has to be a publisher or an agent and it is absolutely wearying getting all those rejections that I could have papered the house with rejection slips and even my first novel I got five rejection slips and I sent me without the sixth time I really was very very depressed about and the sixth person rang up and said it's wonderful it's going to be a best-seller so you know as the as we often laughing since pressed the first five must be bit sour now and so that's what you always think about you have to be fully confidence and send it out there and risk the rejection because you're never going to get anywhere until you put your first foot on that ladder thank you so much for watching I made this video because monshell Mitchell asked me to so there's a topic you'd like me to cover in the next edition of believe life let me know leave me a comment below and I'll see what I can do I'd also love to know which of the clips resonated with you and why what the advice meant the most to you as someone's just finished writing his first book I wish I had some of this knowledge sooner but I'll definitely apply it to future books that I write so let me know what you think what did you really enjoy about it what future topics as well do you want me to cover in believe light for this series leave it down in the comments thank you guys so much for watching have an amazing day continue to believe and I'll see you soon the best writing advice I ever got and I got this early on and I'm glad I did was to write a certain number of words on a regular basis a quota of words because then you look up three months four months maybe it takes a year but you look up at some point and then you've got a completed novel and you learn so much by completing a novel and that's why I have people like ed McBaine also known as Evan hunter looking over my shoulder saying write you fool right I mean he was incredibly prolific under two or three pseudonyms over there is John D MacDonald the guy with the red hot typewriter they said he was incredibly prolific because he did it as a regular as a job he treated it as a job now I used to do a daily quota but that proved to be very onerous I felt like I was a slave to it and you know if I messed up if I missed the day I would really beat myself up so I do a weekly quota now and I divided into days and if I miss a day then I know that I can make it up on another day plus I take one day off a week to recharge my batteries now you do that day after day after week after month after year you become what's called a prolific writer I do not ask my readers what they want and then write that book but I was picking out cherry-pick little bits and pieces but I think ultimately Steve Jobs said this Henry Ford said it like people don't really know what they want right you know I mean yep it's like what do you want I want a faster horse not a mighty yeah a lot of people will do that they'll survey their audience and ask what they want or think of what will be big or what'll be popular the thing is I talk with rock bands a lot about this a lot because I interview a lot of rock bands I said all your audience knows is what you've done before yeah they don't know what you're gonna do next so all they want is what you've done before and you keep doing what you've done before they're gonna get bored and you're gonna get bored too internet bored too and so to me it's like I how I choose what I'm gonna write about as I stay one I really always try to stay one step ahead it's not even trying that I write about what I care about the most in that particular moment of my life and because it's going to have that passion I mean talk to some people I was talking about writer today and and he has over a million Twitter followers at a very big platform and he wrote a book that did not do very well yeah because I think he wrote what was a clever book everyone would like versus writing something he really really cared about that was important to him and literally I think you can make anything interesting if you really care about enough if you care about that pillow in the story that pillow and where it was made and how was made who made it what their story is when you can dive into anything if you care about it and make it interesting once you do finish that book once you've got it don't take no for an answer from anybody no matter how many rejections you get keep going keep going don't listen to anybody who rejects the book and never revise that book because you've got a rejection from an editor with a bunch of you know negative advice never do that any editor who rejects your book doesn't get it don't revise for that person wait till you get a letter from an editor that says we really love your book we'd like to publish it do you think you could see your way clear to maybe shortening it a bit or changing this or that that's when you listen that's when you decide now say you've written your book you've sent it to every New York publisher you know of and they've all rejected it what do you do then do you give up no you do not give up self-publish it's never been easier there are all kinds of ways to do it and there are stories every few weeks about self-published authors who are suddenly being picked up by New York publishers it mean discovered or they've made hundreds of thousands of dollars on their own I mean we hear about it all the time so if you're out there if you're writing you need stubbornness you need courage you need faith in yourself that's as strong as any talent you may possess and you need to write that book the way you want to write it and keep trying to get it published and if that doesn't work self publish it that's the best advice I can give you or any other writer and again if this advice doesn't work for you throw it out the window

31 thoughts on “Top 10 WRITING Tips and Advice from Famous Authors – #BelieveLife

  1. Who said it I cannot recall, but the idea to go where the pain is, is cool.
    Also, put all advice aside is something I like.
    Thanks.

  2. "Write 2 crappy page each day" I am currently jotting down about my day in my journal as we speak. I am feeling super excited about writing in my future.

  3. Writing is extremely worthwhile even if you do not become a published author. One should read to make his thinking deep and wide, and he should write to make it precise.

  4. Ok, I am picking a nit here; and I acknowledge Brian Tracy's success… but at 2:53-ish, he should have used the subjunctive mood: "If I WERE going to…"

  5. Risk the rejection – Maeve Binchy.
    This one applies to all aspects of life!
    How many great novels were kept from us by someone's fear of rejection? We'll never know.

  6. What do you do when you have different interesting book titles coming up in your mind. Do still have to focus on one book at a time.

  7. What about me, your video helped me a lot when I had writing difficulties! So I even shared it with my friends. Services like nerdymates are quite useful in college, but still I prefer studying by myself. I just like your channel and you make me think that education is easy every day. Thank you! I know that you can find a huge amount of essay writing advices and tips on writing academic researches online. In my opinion, it will help you to develop your youtube channel

  8. I searched around YouTube for inspiration for new authors and watched some awful videos. They were the opposite of inspiring. They may as well have said, "Quit trying to be a writer. Don't do it! It's awful." Leave it you, Evan, to consistently deliver quality, truth and a reason to BELIEVE! Thank you!

  9. The tip about pain and pleasure resonates with me to. I often cry while writing many scenes because I feel the emotions so poignantly. I then also laugh or get excited with other scenes. Overall this was great advice. Nothing absolute. Do what works for you. If writing in your unmentionables is the secret for you then do not let anyone tell you different. No rules!

  10. I loved the 7th point of "Let your inspiration guide you". We have to trust this as we really do have something within us which guides when there is a long journey ahead,same goes for writing a book which is a long journey, so trusting our Intuition will help us out if we trust it. Peace.

  11. Anne Rice Tips are the ones I love the most. The whole video is beautiful and helpful though. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow I was searching for some videos like that "writer tips" 😌🙏
    Big thanks Evan 😌😌😌👏👌💞

  13. I think that trying to be a very successful writer is like trying to be a successful actor or artist: "many are called but few are chosen" as it says in the Bible (I think). Write for fun, and self-fulfillment, and minor, limited success, and be happy in achieving that much. Maybe the "stars will align" for you and you will achieve major success, but remember that very few do.

  14. I'm not good at recognizing bad writing. When was in high school I bought a digest book of short stories and it seemed to me all the stories seemed similar and were hard to distinguish from one another and that was my only experience with bad writing. What I think of as bad someone else might see as good though. I like simple stories that are clear so I might not appeal to the readers who read a lot and so maybe I wouldn't sell much to them. I'm not sure who buys the most books though. Is it the casual reader or the book worm?

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