Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Solution to Every Writing Problem That Has Ever Existed

Keep writing.












87 comments:

mmrule said...

Thanks for the reality check! I never wait for inspiration anymore. I just sit down and force myself to write.

James Scott Bell said...

I'd tweak this a bit. I wouldn't tell someone "Just golf." If they keep ingraining bad habits it does no good long term.

Write, and learn, and write some more, and learn some more. Repeat.

But yes, mostly, keep writing.

Matthew J. Beier said...

And tea.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it :) So true!

Rick Daley said...

Nice!

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Linda Godfrey said...

I would add: and trying to get better. It isn't just a numbers game. One of my editors once told me the majority of submissions he saw from the same people never improved in quality, and neither did most of those he published! I try to learn a new trick every time I write, whether someone's handing me a Snausage for it or not. It's much more fun that way. Even though Snausages smell gross.

Travis Erwin said...

And yet, it is sometimes the hardest thing to do, Thanks for the reminder.

Luciferadi said...

And reading!

Hillsy said...

What about if the problem is Repetative Strain Injury?

Amy Joy said...

Ha ha ha. I have so wanted to write a blog post like this . I applaud you for doing it.:) Its so true too. Happy writing everyone.--Amy Joy http://amysjoy.com

Hillsy said...

I get so engrossed in the writing process I forget to eat, sometimes for days on end. What should I do??

Javid Suleymanli said...

lol. cool :)

Rene Peterson said...

Exactly what I needed to hear exactly when I needed to hear it. It's easy to get distracted by the summer fun! As someone on Twitter posted recently, "Back to the comma mines!"

The Sasquatch said...

Also: alcohol

Debbie said...

And, of course, there are those people one is tempted to tell "Stop writing!"

Ashelyn said...

Truth has never been so profound.

Dominique said...

That's brilliant.

Stephen Parrish said...

You have never been more eloquent.

Cossette said...

yeah. pretty much.

Roger Floyd said...

Well said, although every now and then I have to stop and think about what I want to write.

L J King said...

Love it!

Cindy Little said...

Haha, snausages. Well said. I find that the more I write, the easier it becomes. Its the revising that I have a tough time not dragging my feet on.

Mira said...

This is very wise.

I'm posting this one near my computer. Thank you!

Cozy in Texas said...

Absolutely. Great reminder
Ann

Sarah said...

Thanks. I needed that.

Jaycee Adams said...

A rare miss for the great Nathan Bransford.

Josin L. McQuein said...

I think I 'd tweak it a bit to "Keep writing better than you did the day before." Otherwise, you stagnate.

J. M. Dow said...

I prefer setting the offending page ablaze and then bathing in the ashes to set an example for the rest of the novel that they could be next.

But, you know, keep writing is good advice, too.

D.G. Hudson said...

That's what writers do - they keep writing (although I agree with JS Bell that knowing the techniques of good writing will result in a better product).

Inform yourself, and watch what other writers are doing. Write something different when the muse fails to show up. Learn when you're most productive and try to do your writing then. If Life intervenes, be flexible. Be mobile at times to get ideas stirring in the brainpan.

Where's your imagination? Dig in your heels and get tough.

Ann Best said...

Short posts are posts of might. You've aptly demonstrated this by the responses you've gotten. "I would tweak this a bit." "I would add."

I'm going to try brevity when I'm burned out trying to think of something to post!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

mima said...

Great post (as usual) and great advice. I'd only add "keep reading" to that "keep writing."

Ishta Mercurio said...

:-)

Love this.

Reading, too. Definitely.

Sommer Leigh said...

I think this is the best advice in the simplest terms possible.

Also, you win for shortest, most worthwhile blog post ever written. Congrats!

Christi Goddard said...

You're like the Confucius of the literary world.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Ha. This took me by surprise. I was expecting something slightly more in depth, but this will do, too =)

The English Teacher said...

This is the shortest blog post I've ever read. In fact, I've never before read a blog post wherein the title was significantly longer than the actual post.
I am amused.

Dara said...

Yep :) Couldn't have said it better.

swedishfish said...

Wow. I kind of need this today.

Valerie Rieker said...

Haha. Touché.

TERI REES WANG said...

Gracias!

J.P. Kurzitza said...

Thank you for not saying reading! I can't stand when authors are asked what advice they would give other would-be authors, and they respond by saying "read as much as you can." It's like a conspiracy to keep everyone else down so they can get the biggest possible piece of the book market.

Mieke Zamora-Mackay said...

Amen.

Matthew C Wood said...

Truer words have never been spoken.

Marilyn Peake said...

Unless, of course, your writing is filled with bad habits you really shouldn't be repeating over and over again. I find I need to do a lot more than continued writing to get better. I need to read, try new things, get reviews, etc., etc. I've noticed that some famous writers get better over time; some get much worse over time - not sure why that is.

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Suze said...

Preach it.

GalaktioNova said...

I knew you were going to say it :-)

SBJones said...

And shuffle every day.

Ramona's Story Time said...

That is beautiful and I am crying.

Just kidding, I'm not actually crying. But it is beautiful.

Darley said...

This made me laugh. I have experienced this fact over and over again. Because sometimes I forget that the problems don't fix themselves.

Chuck H. said...

Yup.

M.A. Leslie said...

Nothing better then the K.I.S.S. system. You know, Keep It Simple Stupid.
Thanks Nathan.

Steven Brandt said...

I would say writing + getting critiques + studying the craft (books / workshops). Without these you are unlikely to make progress.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nathan. Beautiful as always. I was wondering if you ever find it helpful to STOP writing for a time though. I'm new to all of this of course, but after writing about 3 terrible things right in a row, I realized I was not helping my state of mind to keep making myself write (ie: you have to write something EVERY DAY!- advice I've heard). I took a little hiatus- plotted a little here and there for a new piece, watched some TV (gasp!), played outside- and I feel like things are just coming together so much easier (and better) for this book than the first three "works" (a loose term here).

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

Definitely, I'm actually planning on blogging about that soon.

Rebecca Kiel said...

Love it. Plus you can't go wrong with a title like that!

fakesteph said...

I love this! :)

Anne R. Allen said...

Anon makes an interesting point. I'll be eager to read your post on the subject. Maybe the above should read "write, breathe, read, write again."

Except it wouldn't be so cool.

G said...

Absolutely. Even if its something as small as a book review for Amazon.

Be amazed at what you can do once you accomplish somthing that simple.

Anonymous said...

Haha, I came here via twitter. How did I know you were going to say that?

Beth said...

Well, that's one approach Nathan. But I prefer eating gummy bears or at least keep writing while eating gummy bears ;)

The Desert Rocks said...

Short, sweet and to the point. I love it!

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Most sensible piece of advice I've received in a while. LOL.

Renee Sweet said...

Possibly my favorite post you've ever written, and that's saying something. :D

TheUndertaker said...

Haha, thank you. How timely!

Mr. D said...

And keep revising!

Kristin Laughtin said...

And reading! It's one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to learn.

Caleb said...

is it that this is just a bad time of year for authors???

Lucinda Bilya said...

"A man of few words is most often heard more so than the most eloquent copious orator."

Well said.

christinemareebell said...

Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha, yes, perfect!!!

I have a sticky note attached to the side of my laptop that says, 'NEVER GIVE UP!' [sometimes though I want to shred the dang thing] But yes, keep writing is a wonderful solution, with a satisfing ending. ["I did it"] And so easy to remember...♥ [when we're not pre-occupied with wanting to throw computers out of windows] 3 books later, that sticky note is still working for me! ☺

Kris said...

To paraphrase the great Dory: "Just keep writing, just keep writing, writing writing writing writing."

e_journeys said...

Hence my handy graphic representation from 2008:
How to write a first draft :-)

ZeroToBoston said...

Thank you, Nathan.

Stacy said...

Brilliant:)

Cameron Young said...

And then write some more.

Ryan Sullivan said...

Too true!

Melissa Landers said...

Meh...I partially agree with you.

One of my favorite quotes is "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."

It's just as important to keep learning as it is to keep writing.

deepamwadds said...

Yes, or as Natalie Goldberg is reported to have told every student who came with a writing problem, "Write anyway."

Conor Neill said...

Deep.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Succinct.

Neil Larkins said...

LIKE! K.I.S.S.

Lindsey said...

aka: Butt in Chair.

Daniel McNeet said...

Good advice, along with: "The hardest part of writing is keeping your ass in the chair."

Selena Robins said...

Touche! I would like to add, keep reading to that as well. :)

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Michael Abayomi said...

very true

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