• Karen E. Osborne

Some Writing Advice from Experts & Me

"You have to have the tenacity of a weed." - Corabel Shofner,

I love the opening line of Corabel Shofner’s blog post. When people ask her how long did it take her to write her novel, she answered 64 years because her book was the result of every single day of her life. She goes on to give her actual timeline. You might find it interesting and if you are a writer, helpful.

Here's another great resource with twenty writing tips from fiction authors.

I especially like and agree with this tip. “Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out—they can be got right only by ear)." — Diana Athill

I also benefited from having a friend read my novel to me (I know, that is asking a lot). It changed my perceptions and made the novel stronger.

Some of the best advice I ever received I can’t attribute. I don’t remember where I heard it or who said, but it became my mantra, “Writers Write.”

I try not to let a day go by without writing something down, jotting notes in the notebook I carry with me everywhere, hopping on the computer and adding to, editing, starting a new piece.

When people ask me what I do, these days I don’t say, Senior Strategist of The Osborne Group, or motivational speaker or even adjunct professor – all of which are true.

Instead, I say, “I’m a writer.”

And I smile.



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