Monday, June 28, 2021

#IWSG - Let's share some good advice!

 My apologies for being late with this blog post.

I thought we could share some great advice with each other this week.

What is the best writing advice you've ever received?

Mine is, "Keep moving forward."

I think Jodi Picoult said something about, "You can't edit a blank page."

And of course, "Do or do not. There is no try." from Yoda.

Let's hear some stunning advice that's been shared with you!



Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Sweet Romance

Theme: First Love

Submissions accepted: May 7 - September 1, 2021

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story as a Word file to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter. Content must be PG rated or lower - please see below for guidelines.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges. 

What is Sweet/Clean Romance: overall, your story should be clean of offensive material, including profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit or suggestive scenes. 

Elements in your story should focus on romance, not on sex, which should be kept “behind closed doors.”

The overall plot should lead to a positive and uplifting outcome, also known as "happily ever after."

Absolutely no erotica or pornography.




Have you checked out the Conferences & Workshops page recently? It's having a little work done, but it's got lots of great info for online events!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not sure where I learned it, but just to write until the end and edit later was good advice for me.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Keep moving forward is great advice. I've found that if I write a little bit most days consistently that I will finish a first draft in a reasonable amount of time.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Heather - keeping going is the thing isn't it ... perhaps bringing in a bit of variety at times - but excellent advice - cheers Hilary

cleemckenzie said...

For me, writing's like walking. Just one foot forward after another and then before you know it, you've arrived!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Be patient and kind to yourself... the words will come. And... Edit, Edit, Edit!

Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost said...

The only one that really works for me is write what you like and don't worry about what other people think. Every time I've tried to write what other people tell me to, it ends up being a disaster.

Juneta key said...

Thanks for all the good advice.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That's very good advice. One I've been failing at.

Mirka Breen said...

The best advice was to get off the planning patch and WRITE :P

newsstand pilgrim said...

I like Ray Bradbury's words about writing: " being in love every day for the next 20,000 day. And out of that love, remaking a world."

newsstand pilgrim said...

And I don't know how to get rid of the name newsstand pilgrim...some blogging handle I set up years ago and never used. This is Julia Quay.

Epiphany said...

From Hemingway, write one true sentence.