Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Literature / Hobbyist Magnius159Female/Unknown Groups :iconwritersink: WritersInk
What's your story?
Recent Activity
Deviant for 4 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 250 Deviations 3,477 Comments 31,573 Pageviews

Why One of the Most Common Pieces of Writing Advice Is Wrong

Write every single day.

It’s one of the most common pieces of writing advice and it’s wildly off base. I get it: The idea is to stay on your grind no matter what, don’t get discouraged, don’t slow down even when the muse isn’t cooperating and non-writing life tugs at your sleeve. In this convoluted, simplified version of the truly complex nature of creativity, missing a day is tantamount to giving up, the gateway drug to joining the masses of non-writing slouches.


Here’s what stops more people from writing than anything else: shame. That creeping, nagging sense of ‘should be,’ ‘should have been,’ and ‘if only I had…’ Shame lives in the body, it clenches our muscles when we sit at the keyboard, takes up valuable mental space with useless, repetitive conversations. Shame, and the resulting paralysis, are what happen when the whole world drills into you that you should be writing every day and you’re not.

Every writer has their rhythm. It seems basic, but clearly it must be said: There is no one way. Finding our path through the complex landscape of craft, process, and different versions of success is a deeply personal, often painful journey. It is a very real example of making the road by walking. Mentors and fellow travelers can point you towards new possibilities, challenge you and expand your imagination, but no one can tell you how to manage your writing process.

Read more.

Journal History


The important thing for a writer is to know what you’re doing with your language and why. —Ursula Le Guin

Unpacking that why often means appealing to deeper principles, leaving writing as such beholden to some higher cause. Thus, for example, she asserts that it is “a writer’s moral duty … to use language thoughtfully and well.” She’s not speaking here of mere correctness, but of clarity, of the work we put in to ensuring others will know what we mean. And she makes one point clear enough: You don’t need to agree with the exact reasons she offers, she just wants to ensure that you have some of your own.
Hire a Hugo & Nebula-nominated writer to give you feedback on your novel manuscript
I’ve reopened my freelance novel critique service!

I have room for 3-4 clients this fall. Here’s how it works.

You send me your COMPLETED fantasy/science fiction novel manuscript. I’ll read it, mark it up, and write a brief edit letter, helping you to think about what’s working and what’s not. While I’ll inevitably discuss your prose/style, this not a copyedit, but a broader consideration of the story you’re trying to tell — and advice on how to tell it more powerfully. I’ll return your manuscript within six weeks with comments aplenty in the margins, and a detailed edit letter addressing issues of plot, character, style, and setting.

Why hire me?

Read more
Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

"It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon’s Kindle ebook platform.

Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform – which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time – and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs."

Read more

"The problem is too many white writers seem to want facts, figures, quotas, and step-by-step instructions on how to avoid being called racist, rather than, you know, just writing realistic and complex characters of color"
Calling something exotic emphasizes its distance from the reader. We don’t refer to things as exotic if we think of them as ordinary. We call something exotic if it’s so different that we see no way to emulate it or understand how it came to be. We call someone exotic if we aren’t especially interested in viewing them as people — just as objects representing their culture.

—Fantasy author N. K. Jemisin on The Unexotic Exotic



AdCast - Ads from the Community


Add a Comment:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the :+fav: on 'Infectious'!
ARstories Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the constructive comment on my story Madison Springs. Much appreciated! :boogie:
AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to


Hope you enjoy the group! :dummy:

Also be sure to stop by the  group chat to meet other photographers, share your art and get tips and critiques!  

:bulletpink: ->  Join the  #iPhotograph  chatroom now :camera:
:bulletpink: -> Check out our events journal to get involved!
:bulletpink: -> # Be sure to like us on Facebook!

Also check out our sister group photohunt for awesome photography games on dAmn :) :camera:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the :+fav: on 'Meatless'
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks so much for the fav!
Add a Comment: