I'm launching a new blog series called The Five.
Writers/authors will share five lessons they learned from writing and publishing. These gifted writers come from different walks of life and write in various genres. I'm grateful to them for so graciously sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and craft. It's intended for aspiring and/or seasoned writers.
We kick off our series with Vicki Nadal. I met Vicki in the early days of Facebook after we connected via a mutual friend.
Vicki Nadal lives in New York City where she is a Senior Copywriter and Associate Creative Director by day, and frustrated novelist by night. An avid lover of the arts, she finds that going to museums or to the theatre is an excellent way to become inspired when feeling stuck in a creative rut. When not procrastinating by showering her cat, Miriam Meowsil with attention, Vicki remembers that while there are countless great stories out there, we all have those few that only we can tell.
I mean, how can you not already love someone with a cat named "Miriam Meowsil." ;)
Here are Vicki's Five. Short and sweet.
1) If I feel that something I wrote is absolutely brilliant, it probably isn't.
2) Everyone thinks they can write, so when getting feedback, don't be afraid to push back (provided you can defend it!).
3) Word and character limits can actually be your friends.
4) Writing garbage is still better than not writing at all.
5) It's about the journey, not the destination.
I especially love "Word and character limits can actually be your friends." Indeed!
Would you like to contribute to The Five?
Simply write five things from your writing/publishing life/career/journey. It could be lessons about the genre you write, craft, business, success, failure, your five favorite books, best/worst pieces of advice, go-to snacks, must-haves on your desk or in your office, distractions to avoid, etc. Have fun with it. You can write a list, or you can really dig in.
Editors welcome too!
You choose the theme. Then write the five. Then send it to me. Simple!
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I'm an author of commercial women's fiction and a writing instructor. My claim to fame: I can say the alphabet backwards.