Writers Write shares writing tips and resources. In this post, we share Jodi Picoult’s Top 3 Writing Tips.
A Spark Of Light, published on October 2, 2018, was her tenth consecutive instant #1 New York Times bestseller. There are approximately 14 million copies of her books in print. They have been translated into 34 languages.
Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven.
In 2016, she joined the advisory board of Vida: Women in Literary Arts, which is “non-profit feminist organisation committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalised voices, including people of colour; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals”.
She was also a member of the inaugural Writers Council of the National Writing Project in 2013.
In 2013, we hosted Jodi Picoult at a lunch in Johannesburg, South Africa. We asked her for her top writing tips in our interview. These are the three she shared with us.
Jodi Picoult’s Top 3 Writing Tips
- Read a ton. Reading will inspire you. It will also help you find out where you belong as a writer.
- Write every day. Treat writing as a job. There is no such thing as waiting for the muse. If you want to to be taken seriously as a writer, take writing seriously.
- Do not stop in the middle of your first book. Finish it. No matter what. All writers go through this. It’s more of a fear of not being good enough that makes you stop. You think, ‘What if I’m not as good as I thought I was?’ Do not allow it to stop you. If you don’t finish that first book you’re making life difficult for yourself.
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