No-Nonsense Writing Tips From Nora Roberts

by Jenny Hansen

Its been a while given that I published a “Top Writing Success Tips” post here at WITS. Previously Ive offered pointers from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Maya Angelou. Given that I dont believe any of us can ever have excessive writing wisdom, Ive gathered a few excellent pointers from an author I appreciate a hell of a lot– Nora Roberts.

Even if you dont check out love, mysteries, or YA (she composes all three), she has loads of knowledge to use. She is an “Every Damn Day” writer who has actually earned her location on the bestseller charts with a thorough work principles that knocks ones socks off.

Nora Roberts Top Bits of Writing Wisdom

In an article last spring, titled Heres How I Work, La Nora distilled her writing advice down to these 3 things (language alert):.

She ended this area with: “I take my own suggestions.” Here are a few of my thoughts on her advice.

Stop making reasons and write.Stop whining and write.Stop fucking around and compose.

1. Stop Making Excuses.

This time last year, I informed my BFF: “Some years you are the canine, and some years you are the fire hydrant.” (Whichever one you are right now, it passes. I guarantee.).

Whether you are the pet or the fire hydrant, whether you are writing scads of pages or none … our writing is a gift and an option. Own it. Do as much as you are able, without reasons.

Our writing, our dreams, our stories. We can provide our composing dreams top billing.

I am the champ at excuses when it concerns composing, so think me I am not pointing fingers here. I love that a New York Times bestselling author has such a refreshingly no-nonsense viewpoint.

In some cases we just arent able to do as much as we d like. We have kids and parents and tasks that require our focus. Heck, last year every bit of my vital force was focused on enduring to this years January 1. To put it in perspective– as bad as this pandemic has drawn, it hasnt been as excruciatingly tough for me as 2019.

Last year I didnt compose much, by choice. I could not bear for the most happy thing in my life to be polluted by drudgery and anxiety. This year, my energy (and therefore my composing desire) is back, and Ive relieved back into the happy end of the writing swimming pool.

2. Stop whining and compose.

Our own Laura Drake is comparable. Up at the butt-crack of dawn to write, a few hours on Facebook, more time for the online classes she teaches, time with her early and hubby to bed to do all of it once again.

Setting a routine, and putting your head down to do the work, is a winning combination to completing books. It also gets you past the scenes when the writing is difficult (aka when you wish to grumble).

Nora Roberts works for 6-8 hours on the writing and works out for 90 minutes every day. Regular can pull an author through some tough times.

As you might know from reading my Bikini Wax Theory of Writing, writing is not always a Disney romp through the pages for me. I tend to compose funny books with truly difficult story styles. Difficult themes equivalent tough writing. Those are the stories that come to me, so those are the stories I write.

3. Stop effing around and compose.

Figure out your “flow” time, stop dinking around, and compose. That connected Kotler short article provides lots of examples of what “circulation” looks like, and how to get that state of imagination.

Since I dont think any of us can ever have too much writing wisdom, Ive gathered a couple of outstanding pointers from a writer I respect a hell of a lot– Nora Roberts.

By day, Jenny supplies business communications and LinkedIn advice for professional services companies. By night she composes humor, narrative, ladiess fiction, and narratives. After 18 years as a corporate trainer, shes thrilled to take a seat while she works.

Last year I didnt compose much, by choice. This year, my energy (and for that reason my composing desire) is back, and Ive eased back into the joyful end of the composing pool.

If your evasive quiet time does not happen up until completion of the day, you might need to wait up until then to get your writing done. I knew one author who was a full-time newspaper reporter, who completed her whole very first book at the lunch table in the courtyard outside her offices.


Which suggestion resonated with you? What no-nonsense idea keeps you going in your own composing life? Inform all of us about it down in the remarks!

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When shes not at her personal blog site, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Facebook at JennyHansenAuthor or at Writers In The Storm.

Whether you are the pet dog or the fire hydrant, whether you are writing scads of pages or none … our writing is a present and an option. As you may know from reading my Bikini Wax Theory of Writing, writing is not constantly a Disney frolic through the pages for me.

Many writers are quickly distractable. * raises hand * They get captured up on social networks, the web, the laundry stack. Theres a lot to be said for simply getting your writing done and out of the way very first thing in the day.

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Lets revisit the “make a regular” recommendations up above. No matter what time of day your brain clicks into high equipment, building a routine around that time. Steven Kotler calls this state “Flow” and specifies it as an “optimum state of awareness where we feel our best and perform our best.”.

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