The Truth About Writing Advice

Kayt Ludi
7 min readOct 7, 2020
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I saw a tweet the other day that said: Ask 10 writers how to write, and you’ll get 13 different answers.

As much as that did produce a chuckle from me, it’s also the truth. In fact, that might be an understatement.

The amount of writing produced about writing is almost insane.

Write every day, inspiration is for amateurs. Have a set word-count goal. Treat it like a 9–5 job. Churn out content like a machine. You can’t edit a blank page. Plot every syllable.

Go with the flow, follow your muse. Pantsing is just as valid as plotting. It’s OK to write one great novel and then retire. Take 15 years to write a pamphlet, slow and steady wins the race. You do you.

Be a reclusive artiste.

Get out there in the real world.

Write what you know.

Don’t write about your real life, be creative.

This famous writer wrote first thing in the morning on a laptop, with a huge amount of caffeine at hand.

That famous writer wrote in the middle of the night by candlelight, with a quill, while listening to Gregorian chant and drinking absinthe.

It’s enough to make your head explode.

I’m sure most of us have seen such articles, and many of us (myself included) get sucked into reading every single one of them. Whether we’re new writers, established authors, thriving bestsellers, or somewhere in between those labels. We all want to know more about writing, how other writers do it, and how we can be better.

Sometimes, we read about writing whether or not we’re even writers at all — maybe we’re just fans of an author and interested in their process.

I think this obsession with reading about writing is a combination of 3 basic traits.

Writer’s Curiosity: How do others do it?

Writer’s Insecurity: Do I do it right? Is there a better way?

Human Voyeurism: The slightly illicit but delicious pleasure of spying on others.

I have this book that I loved so much as an audiobook I actually bought the paperback so I could underline things. It’s called, Process: The Writing Lives of

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Kayt Ludi

Author, poet, blogger. Content writer and proofreader for hire. Tea addict. Grad Student. Culture Junkie. kayt.ludi@gmail.com www.kaytludi.com @kaytludi