Writing Advice and Anxiety: A long footnote to my Guest Post at SarahHans.com.

So, I have done something that I have been avoiding for a long time: I am giving writer advice.

I have (mostly) operated under a Scarlett O’Hara-like edict that I’d rather let my blog die (which many of my blogs have) than add more white noise to the writing advice/writing life feed.  Mainly because most of my experience has been trial and error–a LOT of error–and I’ve never felt like I had anything to offer in the “hot tips” department.  I still don’t have any “hot tips,” but I do feel like one aspect of the writing life–the lifestyle–has been ignored in the do’s and don’t discussions, and if I have come to know anything about writing in the ten years I have been pursuing it, it is that in addition to knowing the toolbox and understanding how to use the tools inside it, you need to know yourself. Also, and more importantly, you need to get to know others and the world outside of your own.

This realization struck me when I saw THE RUM DIARY, and I realized advice on mistake-making could be as useful as advice on mistake-avoiding, and so I broke my fast and wrote this guest post for Sarah Hans’ great blog.

Sarah is an excellent writer, and her site offers a ton of writing as well as editorial perspectives, as well as monthly submission call round-ups. In addition to ruminating on THE RUM DIARY, I’ve also been coming across some really lovely and honest posts by writers who are way more experienced and knowledgable than I am at the moment. I realized that those who read my blog may have an interest in unusual advice, so I am going to start keeping a little blog roll page of writerly things that I have found really insightful and inspiring, starting with this first round-up:

First, I have always loved this quote from Surrealist Dorothea Tanning:  ”Keep your eye on your inner world and keep away from ads, idiots and movie stars.”

Is Your Tribe Within the Tribe? Robert Jackson Bennett meditates on fandom and writer/fan dissonance here.

Laird Barron writes about resistance new writers and even established writers might face over there.

Natania Barron talks about tracking your inspiration with Pinterest, which is a new platform I’ve been exploring recently in addition to this blog.

John Langan has some nice posts at his new wordpress.

And Stephen Graham Jones tackles a lot of writer/life overlap in this great introspective post as does Nick Mamatas in a response to reading the new MFA vs NYC book.

Last, but not least, Jeffery Eugenides’s advice from a 2012 Whiting Award commencement speech in which he talks about not getting caught up in trends.