Maya Angelou once said there was no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. If you have such a story, doubtless you’ll understand such pain. Of course, to overcome it means to write out and finally tell said untold story. Which, inevitably, is easier said than done. So, when setting up to write your novel; or short story; or poem, here are a few writing tips that, with luck, will set you on your way. Bon chance! – Professor Wu.
- All stories are true.
- You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write
- Art is theft
- You can tell a good story if it embarrasses you
- Success is relative. The end goal of writing needn’t be getting published – or making money. It’s simply about joining the conversation. If you have something to say; say it.
- If you’re writing a scene, ask yourself: ‘could this take place on a hot air balloon?’ If yes, it probably should.
- There’s nothing in the rulebook that says a giraffe can’t play football!