3-2-1 Write! Party: Writing Advice

3-2-1 WRITE! party

It’s Day 2 of the 3-2-1 Write! Party hosted by Read Another Page! Welcome back to my conference room here at Resting Life where we’re talking about all things writing. There are also fun games and giveaways (including an important piece of a giveaway game in this post), so don’t miss out!

Watch for the secret phrase in this post, and be sure to write it down. Combine it with the secret phrases from today’s posts by other writers who have conference rooms at the party and you’ll find the secret quote that will qualify you for a giveaway!

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Yesterday we discussed 3 favorite books on writing, and today on Day 2 of the 3-2-1, we’re here to talk about 2 favorite pieces of writing advice. While a plethora of writing advice is available to anyone with a quick Google search, two pieces of advice have proved particularly helpful in my writing career.

  1. Read.
  2. Write.

Although it might seem trite, obvious, or simplistic, these really are the keys to great writing. It’s my passion for reading from age five that shaped not only my love of writing but also equipped me with the skills to excel. The more we read, the more of essential and beautiful techniques and styles of the written word we assimilate. What we read is what we think about in our minds and meditate upon in our hearts; it becomes part of us. And who we are determines how we write. What is inside comes out.

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To authors, the benefits of reading are many:

  1. Reading aids in developing a love of books.
  2. Reading immerses the reader in proper grammar, style, and word choice, which in turn strengthens the inner editor and makes an author a better writer.
  3. Reading familiarizes the reader with a variety of plot styles and devices, demonstrating the most effective uses of each, which in turns impacts the author’s work.
  4. Reading fosters the imagination, which in turn aids the author’s creative process.
  5. Reading exposes the author to a variety of genres and styles, allowing the author to choose pieces of their favorites and incorporate them seamlessly into her own unique style.
  6. Reading is inspirational. How many times have you read a book and wanted to know more about a minor character, or wondered what happened after “The End”? There’s a reason fan fiction is popular. Other authors’ stories can form the jumping-off point for our own.
  7. Reading saves the beauty of the English language. When reading literature and old classics, vocabulary is enriched – something that doesn’t happen through reading social media posts.
  8. Reading gives authors the opportunity to see how a scene can be vividly visualized merely through words. When words are put together just so, the reader is transported from the printed page to a colorful life-like reality in her head, complete with settings, sound, and motion. The engaging powers of printed words at the hands of a skilled author can’t be fully appreciated until experienced.

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Second, write. Write often. Write nonsense. Write partial scenes. Write whatever comes to mind. Sit down and let words flow. Even though you might feel that your words are worthless, write anyway. Every “worthless” word you’ve written in the past has brought you to this point as a writer. Few people write a bestseller the first time they sit down to write; just like every other area of life, practice makes perfect. Every story you pen, every draft you type, and every journal entry you record will teach you a little bit more about writing, being a writer, and your writing style.

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And here is the Big Giveaway! Be sure to enter for a chance to win an amazing writer’s package!

Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card

Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn

$30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum

Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

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What have been some benefits of reading that you’ve experienced as a writer? How do you motivate yourself to keep writing when you don’t feel like it? And what are some of your favorite pieces of writing advice? Comment below – I’d love to have a conversation with you!

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Did you find the secret phrase? Click the button above to visit Kelsey’s blog and find the next phrase, or return to Read Another Page to start the trail from the beginning. Be sure to return tomorrow for Day 3 of the 3-2-1 Write! Party where I’ll be sharing my favorite writing tool – and another game!

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13 thoughts on “3-2-1 Write! Party: Writing Advice

  1. Excellent advice, Erika! I think that so often want-to-be-authors get caught up in writing or only reading the modern things that they don’t realize how much they are missing from all the other books. The books that have stood the test of time and are still being read. Or they think they don’t have to read at all.
    And yes, write, write, and keep writing!

    I’ve noticed how much my favorite author has influenced my writing. Each time I read her books I get inspired to write. And I’ve even wanted to change other books so they fit her writings. πŸ˜‰

      • My all time favorite author is Isabella Alden “Pansy.” I love her books. Have you ever read any?

      • Are you serious? *Stares dumbfounded* She is probably one of my top five authors in the whole world!!!!!! *tackle hugs another devoted fan* *squeals with excitement* We must have an Isabella Alden chat and discuss her books! I’ll have to email you after the party. Eep! So excited!

    • So true! There’s a reason those good old books are still being read.

      And Isabella Alden is a wonderful author! My favorite genre is books from that time period and in that style. πŸ™‚

  2. Love your quotes! πŸ™‚ I’ve been a bit discouraged about writing, lately, and with little time to dedicate to it. But these posts are motivating me again!

    • So glad you found them encouraging! In the busyness of life, keep in mind that there WILL be time to write. Even if you have to take a break for days or weeks, if it’s a priority, there will be time. Even if it’s not today. πŸ™‚ And God knows all about it. πŸ™‚

  3. Great advice, Erika! Even though I didn’t start writing until I was 22, I’ve loved reading my whole life and was always imagining myself in stories. It almost feels like I filled myself up with words and ideas over the years until they overflowed onto a page in the form of a story of my own. Reading truly does fuel my writing. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • I love how you described that! So true! It’s easy to be discouraged by authors who published at 12 or 16, but it’s the accumulation of all our own personal experiences that make us the writers we are today. The variety of our experiences creates the diversity of who we are and the unique messages we write.

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