I heard it today on a podcast.
I am a big fan of podcasts and one of my favourites is Simon Whistler’s, Rocking Self-publishing Podcast.
I listen regularly, often when walking my dog.
I love the simple format – interviews with successful authors about their writing and how they made it.
There is a lot to learn about writing and publishing and there always will be.
PODCASTS AND LEARNING
Anything you can do to increase your knowledge is always good. When you have a busy schedule, listening to podcasts when walking, or driving, is a great way of fitting in some extra learning.
Today, I listened to a particularly good podcast from Rocking Self-Publishing. It featured a woman called Michelle Spiva. Michelle is a romance writer but has a male pseudonym under which she writes science fiction.
You should listen for yourself, but I will tell you that Michelle is straightforward about her writing plan and her business plan.
She is practical and understands that we writers have to earn a living and she is particularly strong on that side of it.
Michelle was really interesting, but there was one thing she said that really stuck with me and I think it will stick with you too. It’s one of the best writing tips I’ve heard.
She said that writers should always be asking one question…
WHAT GOES WRONG NOW?
See! I told you it was simple and it is, but the best writing tips are always the simple ones and it’s amazing how many writers get this wrong.
Think about it. Without things going wrong for our characters there is no story. Who reads stories where nothing happens?
So, next time you are stuck just ask yourself – what goes wrong now?
Click here to listen to Michelle Spiva on the Rocking Self-publishing podcast.
Enjoy and as always best of luck with your writing.
P.S. Don’t forget that other simple tip – exercise – just one, or two creative writing exercises a day will establish a great writing habit.