Enjoy Yourself

“Write with hope.”

“Hook them, hold them, keep them interested.”
Anthony Horowitz

Our boy Tony is a busy fellow. After a bunch of lackluster books with lackluster sales, he came up with a blockbuster YA winner: the Alex Rider series in which a teen maverick dynamo enjoys James Bond-type adventures and battles bad guys using his wits. And along with his novels, Tony Horowitz has also penned two amazingly popular TV series: Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders (a big hit with Alex and David at my house).

When he’s not writing, Tony actually seems to enjoy talking about writing. In a short video, he offered his “5 Basic Rules” for pursuing the writer’s life:

1 Write what you want to write: You have to believe in every
word, emotion, and character.

2 Make every word count: Make your title and story interesting and
beguiling for the reader.

3 Spend time thinking: Give yourself time to play around with
what you want to write about — doodling without pressure.

4 You’re in control — never forget it!

5 Enjoy doing it: After 20 years or so of writing, Tony is still
excited about telling stories.

So often, we get all angsty about what we should or shouldn’t be doing: what will sell, what won’t sell. We start chasing after readers instead of simply writing what we want to write and taking pleasure in our storytelling. These simple, back-to-basics pointers can help keep us grounded and on track. What down-to-earth writing advice have you received that’s really made a difference to you? I’d love to have you share it. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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3 Responses to Enjoy Yourself

  1. anne says:

    Is he yr son

  2. anne says:

    Great fast story

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