(Reed’s Playlist for the occasion: Vacation by Guttermouth)
Well, I finished my MasterClass today.
I haven’t written a post about the class in a while, mostly because a lot of the recent lessons have been about what to do after you get published (lol). Still, the closing lesson was very inspirational, and the very last words James Patterson had to say were absolutely worth sharing with you fellow writers out there.
I’ve actually said them before, in some form or another, but I’m gonna put them all here in a short handy list for your (and my own) reference in the future.
- Believe in what you’re doing – everyone around you is facing that same insecurity of whether or not they’re going to be able to make it as a writer, but you have to believe in your abilities in order to have the strength to continue.
- Listen to the advice of everyone around you, and then decide what works for you (also known as my personal writing philosophy) – I feel like I’ve said this a billion times on this blog. Everyone has something to suggest, or something to criticize, and all of their opinions are valid, but sometimes you’re going to want to go your own way. Freaking go for it, dude.
- Ignore the advice you can’t hear in the moment. If you can’t hear it, it doesn’t matter how good the advice is. When you’re just starting out, everything is going to upset you – any criticism, no matter how slight. Ignore everything that could bring you down or cause you to lose focus. With time, you will learn to hear criticism better.
- Fuck convention. This was the one James Patterson stressed most strongly, and I want to stress it too – if anyone tells you there’s a certain way the craft of writing should be done, they’re bullshitting. There are many strategies that have previously been successful, but fresh and innovative new writing techniques – when paired with good writing – will draw new readership from populations bored with old tropes. YOU DO YOU (because you is beautiful).
Peace out and good luck with your writing.
Yours, in solidarity with all you struggling writers,