I was given a tea towel today. It’s adorned with 13 bits of ‘honest advice’ for the aspiring author. It was given as a joke, rather than a serious gift – I don’t think I’m believed to be in urgent need of the advice in question – but as well as being quite smile-inducing, it does contain several nuggets of basic wisdom that really would be quite handy for aspiring writers to embrace, if they haven’t already done so. Such as:
- You may break any rules but you will only break them beautifully if you understand them fully.
- Write the first draft with your heart and the second draft with your head.
- Rubbish is published because it sells. Stop moaning; focus on your writing. Publishing is a business, so deal with it.
- You only need two out of talent, luck and determination. Some manage only with luck. Real writers aim for the other two.
- Of course your mother loves your book: she’s your mother.
All true, more or less*.
The tea towel, and the advice thereupon, is the creation of Nicola Morgan.
*I confess, I don’t think my mother loves any of my books. Not really her kind of thing. But that’s fine; she loves me, after all. And my father does quite like at least some of them, I think, so there you are.
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