10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I Had When I Began Writing.

1. Don’t be a bitch. (This is a general life-rule.)

2. Don’t write for money. You’ll fail. Write because you love writing. You still won’t make any money, but at least you’ll write something decent.

3. Compliment art you like. Prose. Paintings. Poems. Photos. Films. Message the writer/artist/photographer/director. Tweet them. Let people know you love their art. No, we don’t write for recognition, but it is nice to be recognised.

4. Learn to take shit. Shit helps you grow! It’s lovely and nutritious.  

6. Don’t be chronological.

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7. Research. Research history, research science. Research cultures, research disabilities. If you are writing something outside of who you are, research it.

Lack of research leads to cultural appropriation, it leads to plot holes, it leads to you sounding like an idiot. You don’t want to sound like an idiot. (Plus, you’ll learn some pretty neat stuff, such as: Van Gogh painted ‘Almond Blossoms’ for his new-born nephew.)

8. Submit your work everywhere. Competitions, magazines. I’m including this one to remind myself to do it, because I never do. I’m a hypocrite.

9. Learn to lie reeeaaaaal good. I once pretended I was a green sea turtle from the Pacific Ocean. (Confession: I’m not a green sea turtle from the Pacific Ocean.)

10. Don’t take manifestos like this seriously; there’s no formula to writing. You write how you write. It’s not a science where you follow a certain equation. It’s an art, were you put the eyes in the wrong place, like Picasso.

Other than research. You should always research. Don’t be that person who doesn’t put effort into their craft.

By Isabel Tyldesley

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