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Just Do It: Writing Tips from Melissa Francis

Posted by inkpopbecki on July 21, 2010

When it comes to writing getting back to the basics is the best advice that you can receive some times. Series author Melissa Francis, whose new book Love Sucks is in stores now, has some practical advice on getting down to writing. If you think you have what it takes, enter the Love Sucks Writing Challenge at inkpop.

1. Everybody’s writing process is not the same. Figure out what works best for you and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s “wrong” just because it isn’t what works for them.

2. Don’t shy away from your natural voice.
3. Even when life sucks and writing is hard, try to write something every day. Writing is like exercise…even when you love doing it, if you stop for too long, it really is hard to get started again.

4. You don’t have to write what you know (it is fiction after all…I mean, I don’t know one single vampire in real life! or do I?) but you really should write what you love. If you’re writing to trend, it will show.

Now you know. Enter a piece in the Love Sucks Writing Challenge for a chance to win Melissa Francis’s new book Love Sucks as well as other HarperTeen titles.

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