Writers Write shares writing tips and resources. In this post, we share Australian novelist, Liane Moriarty’s writing tips.
Liane Moriarty is the author of Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and Truly Madly Guilty. Her latest novel is Nine Perfect Strangers. She also writes the Nicola Berry series for children.
She has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide and her novels have been translated into 39 languages.
Her sisters, Jaclyn and Nicola, are also writers.
Here are Liane Moriarty’s. The first three tips on the list are from the Australian Writers’ Centre. The last six tips are taken from Writer’s Digest, where authors share seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they’d known at the beginning.
Liane Moriarty’s Writing Tips
1. Trick yourself: “I think writing your first novel is like being on a diet. That’s why programs like Weight Watchers are so successful, you’ve got to have something that keeps you going. Anybody can write their first chapter, but it’s a really long task to finish it. Either join a writers’ group or get a friend to become a writing partner, set up a contract with somebody, say, ‘I promise I’ll get you a chapter by such and such a date.’ That sort of thing. You’ve got to trick yourself into writing the first novel.”
2. Focus on the writing: “Just focus on the writing. Don’t focus too much on the world of writing. Don’t focus on all the little rules and whether it should be double-spaced or single-spaced or all of that sort of thing — none of that actually matters, it’s the writing. I find it interesting how often writers, aspiring writers, are not actually writing. They’re spending a lot of time just going to events and reading websites about that sort of thing. First of all you’ve got to write your book.”
3. Dealing with reviews: “The third tip would be once you have your book written don’t read your reviews.”
Source: Australian Writers’ Centre (Read the full post there.)
And 6 More
4. Commit to a word count: “Every time I sit down to write I need to commit to a word count goal, otherwise I waste too much time editing and re-editing my previous work, staring dreamily off into space…”
5. Plan your book when you’re doing something else: “My real thinking and planning gets done when I’m doing something else like driving or walking or taking the shower.”
6. Don’t stop writing: “Actually, writing is nearly always the answer. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I really do need that cup of tea, or that chocolate, or a break, or a walk, but in most cases what I actually need to do is make myself keep writing until it flows again.”
7. Just get it written: “Asking myself ‘Is this any good?’ is pointless. It just slows down my writing and I can’t tell anyway.”
8. Limit research time: “Google is my best friend and my worst enemy. It’s fabulous for research but then it becomes addictive.”
9. Get a website: “Get a website. I thought it would be somehow presumptuous to have one too soon, but it’s the best way of connecting with your readers and I wish I had one so much earlier. (www.lianemoriarty.com.au) If you’ve finished your book, and you’re waiting to find a publisher, start developing your website.”
Source: Writer’s Digest (Read the full post there.)
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