Write Every Day

Write every day. I know, I promised not to say what a million other writers say, but this is important; maybe the most important tip.

And, unless you’re going through this, or have done it, you cannot begin to imagine how hard it is to follow through. Let’s go through the steps to see how to get started.

“I don’t feel like it today,” is your worst enemy. The best, and maybe only way to even begin to deal with that monster is to set a regular time every day for writing, maybe an hour or two in the morning. If you go to work early, have kids to get to school or other tasks, make it an hour or two at night.

There will be many writing times when you stare at the screen, not writing. Or play solitaire, or read email, not writing. Or do anything but write.

Sit at your computer for your prescribed hours anyway.

Allow yourself one game of Solitaire, or ten minutes of email reading if you must. But that’s it.

How to write writing tips

Here are some typical writer topics:

  1. Write what you know
  2. Write every day
  3. Best markets for writing
  4. Hot topics
  5. Dealing with writer’s block
  6. How to find an agent
  7. How to find a publisher

I won’t be discussing any of those.

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of websites dealing with those topics. I’m sure some of them have good advice.

What I want to write about is the day-to-day challenges (and occasional triumph—wahoo!) I’m facing in writing my first novel, The Story Store.

To be sure, I’ve got a leg up over some of my audience. I’ve written a couple hundred thousand words of fiction (TV) and non-fiction (books), so your struggles and mine might be different.

In that regard, I welcome readers to ask questions. If I don’t know the answer, I won’t bullshit you. If I have an answer you don’t like, tell me so. Very little of this is fact, it’s opinion based on experience. Your mileage, or that of other writers, may differ.

My first tip: don’t spend too much time reading what other writers say.

Email from a fan

Got this very nice email the other day. It makes me happy to know that writers are visiting my website, www.francismoss.com.

By day, I am a billing accountant for an engineering company. By night, I write screenplays with my partner in crime (my wife) – and apparently I’m also an avid cartoon watcher/collector, coming as a surprise to myself; but my wife tells me the DVDs on my shelf make the truth plain and simple.

On the weekends, we watch cartoons to cereal, eat lunch over a movie, and work on our screenplays after dinner.

So upon discovering that you worked on so many of my favorite TV shows as a kid – AND the fact that you are a writer…

Dude. You’re my freaking hero haha!

Forgive me if this e-mail sounds too “fan-mail” for its own good, but I just wanted to say thanks for your work. It influenced my childhood, immensely.

And secondly, it’s inspiring to read what you have to say about writing. I’ve spent years using my time after work to scribble down stories from my head, culminating into two uncompleted screenplays and one finished one (that my wife and I are still in the process of editing), so the idea of someday being able to at least be mentally satisfied with them, let alone share them publicly, is truly remarkable to me. It’s inspiring to see how you have done so in your career and even affected my childhood in the process.

I look forward to keeping up with your blog as you journey on with your book!

PS: Wicked idea, selling those cartoon screenplays. That is actually how I stumbled upon you. I’ll definitely be picking one up to give to my wife as a gift at some point.

If you think this is kind of egotistical, you’re absolutely right.