Saturday, January 14, 2012


I get asked this question a lot, "What advice would you give a budding writer?"

My best advice to any writer is to WRITE, a lot, and READ even more. 
Read everything, even if it's not your cup of tea. Everything you read imprints itself on you, helping you find new ways to express your ideas. 
READ more than you WRITE, and write all the time. Long pieces, short pieces, poems, prose, stories that go nowhere, and ones that take you to places you never imagined when you started them. 
Keep a journal, pepper it with your thoughts, storyline ideas, short stories, drawings, pictures that inspire you, depress you, lift your heart and bring it down. 
OBSERVE. Learn to keep your eyes and ears open all the time. Soak in everything you can. You never know when something you see, or hear will trigger a story, or character. Pay attention to what's going on around you, how the soft mist of the fog feels on your face, how the soft light of spring casts a different light on a world slowly coming back to life after the gloom of winter. 

This article may be copied and quoted as long as you include the byline below:
© 2012 by MaryChris Bradley, Publisher Buddhapuss Ink LLC, the proud publishers of The Last Track by Sam Hilliard,  Mystery Times Ten 2011, the bestselling collection of Mystery Short Stories for the YA audience, and The Distant Shore by Mariam Kobras, Book I in the Stone Trilogy

Authors, be sure to check out our YA Mystery Short Story Competition -  Mystery Times Ten 2012. Happy writing!

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