I love writing advice. One in particular is my favorite. I can’t remember the source, other than I read it in Writer’s Digest and the author was male. He said that before you sit down to write your WIP, pull down one of your classics or current bestsellers and type from a page in that book. Write word for word to get the feel of the rhythm of that particular author. Do this writing exercise, he says, fifteen minutes prior to your draft writing for better quality writing.
I can’t remember the other details, but it got me to thinking about musicians. What musician didn’t practice from the musical score of the greats to better their composition? One might argue that if you practice writing by copying from a masterpiece then you’ll eventually sound like that author. I doubt it. But just in case, why limit yourself to one author? Take down a different book every day.
Of course, I talk like I’m an expert, when in reality, I did this exercise probably only a dozen times out of the 900 days spent on my novel. The only reason I didn’t do this exercise daily was due to my impatience to get started on my own work right away. But just like regular exercise that you have to make time for, when I did it I felt a whole lot better.
What is your favorite writing advice?