Guest post: Writing tips by Anne Rice

10 Apr

I’m very excited to share today’s guest post with you as Anne Rice stops by on her blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of her latest paranormal novel, The Wolf Gift. Anne Rice is the author of thirty-one internationally bestselling books including ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ (from Interview with the Vampire to Blood Canticle), the ‘Mayfair Witches’ sequence and ‘The Songs of the Seraphim’.  Welcome Anne!

Anne’s top 8 writing tips for budding authors

1. Write…write and write and write. If you stop, start again. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less.

2. Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.

3. Go where the pleasure or pain is in your writing. Write about what hurts. Go back to the memory that causes you conflict and pain and that makes you not able to breath and write about it! Explore it! Go where that feeling is, don’t be afraid of it.

4. Write what excites you: Write the book you would like to read. Write what is interesting to you. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. Ask yourself what book would be exciting to you and create it.

5. There are no rules: There are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn’t help you. Do it your own way.

6. Don’t throw anything away: Save everything you write. No matter how much you hate it, save everything, it could be useful later.

7. Ignore the myths: One of the great myths about becoming a published writer is that it’s impossible to get in. This isn’t true. I came out of nowhere, I was a no body. My first novel got turned down about 5 times. Eventually it got published and I was off and running. Many people I know got published eventually and they got there their own way.

8. Keep going: No matter how many rejections you get…keep going. There is only one thing that stands between you and realising your dreams as a writer and that’s yourself. You’re the one that’s got to believe in your work.

Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write. — The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any. Good luck.

Anne Rice

Thank you Anne.

The Wolf Gift is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

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Please check out the other stops on The Wolf Gift blog tour! (Click image to enlarge)


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