Happy Pi Day! In honor of Einstein’s birthday (3.14), I’d like to share some of my favorite advice from the physicist and how it applies to writing.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Or, put another way, give yourself permission to fail. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new genre, a new format, a new type of character or viewpoint. There’s a good chance your first attempts will be messy. Aren’t all first tries messy, though? Van Gogh wasn’t born a master painter. NBA stars weren’t always the best player on the court. And most bestselling authors have been rejected by agents and publishers many times. Let yourself make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes.
“The only source of knowledge is experience.” In other words, learn by doing. The best way to improve your writing is to write a lot. The second-best way is to read a lot — to experience and study others’ storytelling techniques.
What’s your favorite writing advice?