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I'm going to create a "Wall of Wisdom" page on the FindAWritingGroup.com website. It’ll look like a stone wall with graffiti on it, but the graffiti will be words of writerly wisdom and encouragement from writers all around the world, and the ‘signatures’ will be linked back to the blog or website of the person who gave the quote.
 
I’m looking for short, one-sentence advice and/or encouragement for me to put up on the ‘wall’. It can be something general eg: Find out what works best for you and do that or something more specific like You should use adverbs in writing about as often as you use the word 'hemorrhoid’ in day to day conversation.” 
 
What if I've not been writing long, can I still take part?
Sure, and don’t feel you have to come up with anything amazingly wisdomous. The idea is to provide something useful and/or encouraging.  Whether you've been writing for 30 days or thirty years, you're welcome to take part.
 
Other folks’ may offer conflicting advice, but that’s okay, like spouses and children, advice should be ignored or embraced at the reader’s discretion. 
 
What language shall I use?
For the moment, the site is only available in English.  I plan to change that (once I figure out how to set up Google Translator), but for now, anything you send needs to be in English too.  
 
Do I have to be an LJ member to take part?
If you don’t have an LJ account, anonymous comments are fine. If you’d like your advice/encouragement (and a link to your website/blog) to be added to the Wall of Wisdom page on the FAWG website, please remember to give me: 
 
A one sentence piece of writing advice for others to read
Please note:
Some advice is generic, which isn’t a problem, but please don’t offer a well-worded tip that you know was made up by someone else (though if you know that person, feel free to recommend they post it here).   
 
Your writer’s name 
 
A link to your blog OR website  
 
The name of the country you’re based in (if it's a big country, like the USA, please tell me the state too). 
 
I think that’s everything. I look forward to reading some great tips and advice. 
 
What will you write on the Wall of Wisdom?


ETA: I won't be posting these until near the end of January.  I'll give a day or two's notice beforehand, so if you come up with another quote and would prefer to use that instead of the one you've already given, just put it as a new comment and delete the old one (But don't forget to repeat the link and your state/country).



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debikm
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I think the best advice I can give is this:

Don't worry about what genre or audience you're writing for. Write what you love and the rest will follow.

My blog (updated infrequently) is: http://debikm.wordpress.com/

Thanks for putting this together. I hope to be as much help as I can.
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds good, but I also need your writer's name and the name of the state and/or country you're writing from.

Thanks for taking part :)
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jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Irene. I'll assume you want me to link to your blog, but can you confirm you're in New Jersey, or if not, tell me which state please?
mongrelheart
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
OK, here's mine. Pretty generic I'm sure:

Don't start with backstory; give the reader a reason to care about the character first.

Kam Oi Lee (Chicago IL, U.S.A.)
http://mongrelheart.livejournal.com

I'd also like to offer this, although I'm not sure if it fits the criteria:

Go read Kurt Vonnegut's eight rules for writing fiction.

If you don't mind, I'll link your post to my writing group, as I'm sure they probably have words of wisdom to contribute :)
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
By all means, link to your group, Kam. The more the merrier :)
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dynastic_queen
Jan. 18th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous idea! You are such a creative fellow.

I'll let you choose which one goes on the Wall. I can't decide.

Fiction writing is that kind of beast... just when you think you can mold it with the best of them, it refuses to set, just like Jello.

There's just so much can't use this, don't ever use that when it comes to questionable things with no sure rule... I say moderation, experimentation, and common sense.

Stephe Thornton
http://dynastic-queen.livejournal.com
Georgia, USA

dynastic_queen
Jan. 18th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
Okay... I'm liking the Jello one all of a sudden. LOL
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saetter
Jan. 18th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
"Writing is a process of re-writing."

Not sure who said it first, but it's been my mantra. :)

Another favorite saying is, "It's called a first draft because it's full of holes."

Stuart A. Etter
Quito, Ecuador (American living abroad)
http://www.saetter.com
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming you want me to go with "Writing is a process of re-writing."

Thanks for sharing, Stuart.
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latteya
Jan. 18th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
"It's easier to revise crappy writing than to revise a blank page."

S.A. Bodeen

Oregon, US

jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
It certainly is. Thanks, Stephanie :)
tracy_d74
Jan. 18th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I like the adverb/hemorrhoid quote above, BTW. LOL! Have not heard it.
I wish I had something more powerful or witty. But this is all I got in my head at the moment. Well, not all . . . you know what I mean. ;)

Write the story you want to read.

Tracy Dickens
http://tracy-d74.livejournal.com

jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't yet decided on my own quote yet, but that adverb one is definitely on the shortlist :)

Thanks for sharing, Tracy :)

Edited at 2010-01-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
lunalila
Jan. 18th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Got a new one.
"Never be discouraged by rejections. Eat some chocolate and send another batch of queries".
Use my livejournal blog if you wish to link somewhere, even if it's really new.
And I'm from Spain
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Chocolate is always good :)

Thanks for sharing. Do you want me to put your writing name as 'Luna Lila'?
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bogwitch64
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Of course, my mind is blank on this right now. But I love this idea! I will think of one. You're pretty awesome, even for a Brit.
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Not to worry. I'll refer back to this post later in the week, and thanks for the kind words :)
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a_r_williams
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Is this part of that create a writing group in your area idea you were thinking about?

As for quotes, I think I'll go with this one:

Two Rules: If you love to write--write. If you want to be published--improve.

--A.R.Williams ( Virginia Beach, VA - USA )
http://a-r-williams.livejournal.com/
jongibbs
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
'Is this part of that create a writing group in your area idea you were thinking about?'

Yes http://www.FindAWritingGroup.com

Great quote by the way :)
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latteya
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ok, this might be a little classier way to say my earlier wisdom:
"The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write." Unknown.
karen_w_newton
Jan. 18th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Great idea, Jon! OK, here is my contribution:

"You, the writer, need to know how exactly the protagonist gets from point A to point B; that does NOT mean the reader needs to read every step he takes."

Karen Wester Newton
USA
website:
http://karen-wester-newton.com/
blog:
http://karen-w-newton.livejournal.com/









tracy_d74
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Nice!
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musingaloud
Jan. 18th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Write at least 100 words each and every day for a year -- it will ingrain the writing habit in you and teach you to write even if you feel you have nothing to say.
Pam L. Wallace
California
http://musingaloud.livejournal.com/
jongibbs
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
Good one, Pam.

Thanks for sharing :)
mylefteye
Jan. 19th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Avoid describing a room as white or grey. That just tells the reader you were staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike.

Should you decide that's OK... it's Mike Stone, England. www.mylefteye.net
jongibbs
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Thanks, Mike :)
bodgei
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Be responsible for your own brain.
jongibbs
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Lol, excellent! (but I'll need the name you write under and your state/country too).

Thanks for sharing :)
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