The best writing advice ever. (Says me.)

Block out the noise.

You know, those thoughts rumbling about in the back of your head, driving you to distraction.

Put off any decisions about publishing routes, for today.

Stop wondering if you’re blogging all wrong.

And just write.

Put those new ideas on hold, just for a little bit.

Ignore the stack of books by your bed or lining up on your ereader.

Stop figuring out if you want to officially sign up for Nano.

And just write.

Take a break from that query letter and researching agents.

Ignore the Doritos calling from the kitchen.

Stop feeling like you’re falling behind in this big race.

Because there isn’t a race. It’s in your mind.

And just write.

And just write.

And just write.

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56 Responses to The best writing advice ever. (Says me.)

  1. anne gallagher October 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for the pick-me-up because that is what I absolutley intend to do today.

  2. Sarah October 21, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Absolutely. I actually use writing as a way to block out all that stuff, so I guess it’s a bit upside down, but I totally agree! Just write.

  3. Miranda Hardy October 21, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Yes, this is the best advice ever.

  4. christine danek October 21, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Best advice ever. Just what I need. Especially the race part. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Heather Sunseri October 21, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Very good advice! It’s hard to step back and just sit in quiet and let your own goals and desires to wash over you. Thanks for the cheer this morning.

  6. Carole Anne Carr October 21, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Planning to do this, Laura, as soon as the present round of publicity is over and I plan to stop this as soon as the bad weather moves in. Then it will write, write, write, until the Spring and the end of hibernation! :0)

  7. Stina Lindenblatt October 21, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I do this pretty much everyday. That’s why I love writing. I haven’t let all that other stuff stress me out. 😀

  8. Becky Taylor October 21, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    So hard to do…yet also so true.

    • Laura October 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks everyone! That’s what my plans are for the day! shut everything else out and write. 🙂 Good luck to all of you!

  9. Ava Jae October 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Yes, yes and yes! Kick the distractions aside, put your butt in a chair and write.

  10. Susan Kaye Quinn October 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Yes! Really the only writing advice you’ll ever need. #awesome

  11. shelley moore thomas October 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    But the Doritos are just so darn loud and persuasive!

  12. Sarah Pearson October 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Oh yes, smart and much-needed words 🙂

  13. Matthew MacNish October 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    You almost made me stop reading your blog, right in the middle of the post.


  14. Marisa October 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Falling behind in this big race – YES. I’ve been feeling this way waaaaay too often. So. I think I shall take your brilliant advice!!!

  15. Traci Kenworth October 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    You’re right: Best Writing Advice Ever!!

  16. Melissa Hurst October 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    So true! I need to put this on a sticky note to remind myself, especially when I want to click over to the Internet when I should be writing.

  17. Sheri Larsen October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    ‘Just write’ is some powerful advice and advice that often gets clouded by life. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  18. Ansha Kotyk October 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    You are correct. And totally what I needed to hear this morning! Thank you!

  19. Joana October 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Lov it!

  20. Wendy October 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Love this, but it’s cracking me up b/c we are having our floors done this morning and power tools are going nuts in the other room. 😉

    ~ Wendy

  21. Susan Sipal October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    It’s poetry for writers! Thanks Laura.

  22. Tasha Seegmiller October 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Thank you for this. It was just what I needed today. I look forward to what other pearls of wisdom you have to share.

  23. Bluestocking October 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I totally wish there were earmuffs for the voices in my head. Once I get into the writing flow, I’m ok. But it can take awhile…

  24. Laurel October 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    So true! All the distractions can make us forget that foremost we love to create. And indeed the whole race thing is one of the most pernicious lies we can tell ourselves.

  25. Loree Huebner October 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Great advice!

  26. Patti October 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I love it! Such simple but dead on advice.

  27. Rachna Chhabria October 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Wonderful advice. Just hope I can follow it for the next few days as its festival time for us in India.

  28. Krispy October 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Ended up here after following a tweet from Jamie Grey. This post was just what I needed. A bunch of those distractions are my distractions right now. Thank you!

  29. Donna K. Weaver October 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Brilliant. But why is it so hard to do?

  30. Jenny Lundquist October 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Great advice! I would also add: Ignore the stack of dirty dishes and that dust ball in the corner of your room the size of a cat!

    Great post :0)

  31. Donna Gephart October 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Amen, sistah! Exactly what I needed to read today. Off to write . . .

  32. Kelly Polark October 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Yup. That about sums it up!

  33. Lisa Green October 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Can I hug you? Cuz now I want to hug you.

  34. Melissa Pearl October 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Great post 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder.

  35. Leslie Rose October 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I’m off to the beach with my trusty spiral notebook and my pages of NaNo prep notes. I shall obey you.

  36. Maria Toth October 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Super advice… except for maybe the Doritos part. In my case, it’s the open bag of Rufffles. I think it’s the ridges that keep calling me back to the kitchen.

    And you’re right, it’s not a race.

    Happy writing everyone.

    Thank you for this great post! 🙂

  37. Elle Strauss October 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    I’ve been so busy being a publisher, I haven’t done any new writing in ages. Got November blocked out for that 🙂

  38. Jennifer Rumberger October 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Great post! And something I needed to hear right about now.

    • Laura October 22, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      Thanks so much everyone! This reminder was for me too. I’m glad I’m not alone!

  39. becca puglisi October 22, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    Love it!

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

  40. Emy Shin October 22, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    So simple, heartfelt, and true. 🙂

  41. Lesli October 22, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Bless you!

    Of course you’re right!

  42. Barbara Jean Byrem October 22, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Just stopping by from the blogfest. Yeah I’m slow,but I really like to read these blogs and go back a few days too. Anyway… it’s nice to meet you, great advice. I also love the NaNoWriMo post.Had similar experience explaining it to my husband. He still thinks it sounds crazy. I don’t care,I’m in.

  43. Barbara Jean Byrem October 22, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Now both of my blogs can follow you. Oh yeah,I really like to make myself crazy,keeping up two blogs. Babs in Paradise is basically my Journal. some days I’m pretty unhinged there. Far Away Eyes is for my book,where I try to hold it together and look a little professional. Nice to meet you again.

  44. Amie Kaufman October 22, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    You had me until Doritos!

    No, seriously. Best advice ever. Simple as that.

  45. Leigh Moore October 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I have a slightly different variation: “Just keep swimming!” But the sentiment is exactly the same. Write on! :o) <3

  46. Karen Strong October 23, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    I love all of your advice…except the one about the Doritos. Seriously, Laura? That’s just cruel.

    But just writing? Love it! 🙂

  47. Lynda R Young October 24, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    sheer brilliance and so, so true.

  48. Ghenet Myrthil October 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    YES. Simple and true.

  49. Stacy October 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Love, love, love. Absolutely true. Thanks for reminding me of this:)

  50. Karen Lange October 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Yes and amen. You are right! Ignoring the Doritos, though, can be a bit challenging…but we must be strong. 🙂

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