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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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mary_j_59
Jan. 19th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Be patient with yourself, keep working, and remember that writing (and all art and creativity) is an act of love. Do it because you love it! You will discover wonderful things on your journey!

Hope that's not too long. )

Mary Johnson, New York and Connecticut, mary-j-59.livejournal.com
jongibbs
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Hi Mary,

It is a little long. Would you mind if I just used that first sentence?
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worldmaker_13
Jan. 19th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've always used this for myself and others:

Trust your fingers and keep going where they take you
Jennifer George
USA, California
jongibbs
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Good one :)
out_totheblack
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
The hardest part is starting, so just pick a spot and go. It'll figure itself out.

Amanda Heroman
Louisiana, USA

My LJ account
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like that one.

Thanks, Amanda :)
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Read, read, read
Read all day long, and night too, if you can spare the sleep. But focus your reading – think about how the writer has created an image in your mind, made dialog come alive, or shown you a character's personality.

www.siskigreen.com
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Read, read, read
Hi Siski,

Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing. I hate to say it, but at 38 words, it's a little long. Can you shorten it?

Thanks,

Jon
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oops (follow on from previous message)
And location? Michigan, USA
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops (follow on from previous message)
Hehe,

I need that too.

I like your homepage by the way. Very modern :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Wall of Advice
An excellent idea. I'll be able to read all the things that I shouldn't do, but I'm doing anyway.

Here's my advice:

If you feel compelled to describe the scenery, stifle yourself unless it's on the 4th moon of the 8th planet of the star Sirius. We all know what the hell a room looks like!

I know, too long, but I am declaring I will NOT read any book that tells me about curtains or wall color.
jongibbs
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
Re: Wall of Advice
It's a good one, but as you say, it's a little long. If it's alright with you, I'll just take the first sentence.

Before I can do that though, I will need your writing name as well as your stste/country and a link to your blog OR website.

THanks for sharing :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Wall of Wisdom
Just posted a blog today on the topic.
Words of Wisdom: Inspiration + Perseverance = Magic.
D.L. Webb at http://open.salon.com/blog/densiew
Austin, TX

All the posts here are awesome. Do I sense a book in the making?
jongibbs
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom
A book? No, just an imaginary wall ;)

Thanks for sharing :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wall of Wisdom
"Praise will make you write more, but only criticism will make what you write better." - Aimee Love, Alabama, USA

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FindAWritingGroupinAlabama/
jongibbs
Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom
Good one, Aimee, and an excellent link ;)

When you do start a blog or website for your work, please let me know.

Thanks again for helping to get FAWG going in Alabama, I appreciate it :)
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 24th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
RE: Wall of Wisdom~
On First Drafts: Don't worry about getting it RIGHT, just get it WRITTEN!

BG Lashbrooks--

www.bglashbrooks.com
--Indiana, USA
jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom~
Thanks for sharing, BG :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Wall of Wisdom
"It’s incumbent upon you, the author, to resist the pull of advice that feels wrong to you, regardless of the source."

Andrea J. Wenger
andreajwenger.com
Raleigh, NC, USA
jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom
Another good one. Thanks, Andrea :)
nathreee
Jan. 27th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Roleplay is the best remedy for writer's block.

Ellen Roepert

http://Nathreeelivejournal.com

The Netherlands
jongibbs
Jan. 27th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Nice one, Ellen :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Wall of Wisdom
I have two:

Don't try to tell your characters what to do--just put your fingers on the keyboard and let them do the talking!

One way to overcome writer's block is to convince yourself that no one except you is every going to read what you are writing, and thus free yourself from the fear of judgment and the desire to please.

A.M. Boyle
http://www.amboyle.net (website)
http://www.amboyle.com (blog)

USA--New Jersey
jongibbs
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom
They're both good, but I'm afraid I can only use one. Do you have a favorite? If not, I'm going to go with that first one.

Thanks for sharing :)
wordsrmylife
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Turn lying awake in the middle of the night into a time to dream yourself into your next project.
Katherine Quimby Johnson
wordsrmylife.livejournal.com
Vermont
jongibbs
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Good one!

Thanks, Kathy :)
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard.

J.A.Campbell
Colorado USA
http://phoenixfirewolf.livejournal.com/
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
PS, I know I'm not the first person to say that, so you don't have to attribute that to me, but it's a good piece of advice.
richardpweiss
Feb. 5th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Wall of Wisdom
Valuable ideas strike unexpectedly and at odd times -- keep a pen and notepad and don't be afraid to use them. Except, of course, while driving!
jongibbs
Feb. 6th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
Re: Wall of Wisdom
Thanks, Richard :)

I'm assuming your from PA (let me know if that's wrong), but I also need a link to your website or main blog - I'm going to go with http://www.postalecareer.com (again, please let me know if you'd prefer something different).
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