I’ve started asking different people for their writing advice–young, old, new and established. I’m not really doing this systematically, I’m just interested in what people have to say. I’ll post their advice and then react to it.
@joshspilker robert frost said he could sum up everything he learned about life with three words: life goes on
— ♘♘ΜΣTA KNIGHT♞♞ (@sometaknight) January 24, 2014
I’ve never heard this advice before and I haven’t fact checked it for its accuracy, but I still agree with it. Sometimes in writing it can be really frustrating when you’re stuff gets rejected a few (hundred) times. Or you don’t get that job you want. Or someone younger/older is just blowing up and you’re sitting there wondering about what needs to happen next.
Stuff continues to happen. You have new experiences. You recall them and they give you a kernel of an idea and you try again.
But life goes on even if you’ve had success. The promo cycle ends, and then you’ve got turn out something else great. Your last copy draft for that campaign was awesome, but now there’s a new challenge on the table. It’s a continual process of picking things up, celebrating success, learning from failure and then walking back out there to write again.
Metaknight is someone I follow online. He’s pretty funny, has had some successful image macros, has written a few things and is in a band. I found his real name once but I don’t remember it. He also started a literary site called Alt Lit Press.