Anne Rice’s Top 5 Writing Tips

I seriously apologise for the last two weeks with no posts. My writing has been suffering from the distractions of life. But I am eager to get going again! So here I am.

Anne Rice was the author that took the contemporary vampire genre seriously, and made it all the more popular because of it. She treated vampires as people with problems; just very different ones, which is why I could relate to the drama of their lives.

So, number one:

1. “Writers should never take rejections seriously ever. Editors in New York reject publishable material every day simply because it’s not quite what they want. Many books receive lots of rejections. Just keep going. You will find the right person. People break in all the time. Editors are always telling funny stories about the blockbusters they rejected. Not to worry. If you find your work interesting, some one else will. And who knows? Many, many will.”

2. “”The most important trait of a writer is an authentic voice. Writers have to have faith in their own voice, and their own way of doing things. Originality is the gem that every writer possesses. Originality also brings on the most merciless attacks. The world resents originality in the beginning writer, and then rewards it abundantly once that writer has been successfully published. Cherish your own voice. Don’t try to sound like anybody else. Sound like yourself and take the slings and arrows and keep going.”

3. “For writers writing fantasy, it’s imperative that you believe in the fantasy, that you wrote about it with vivid detail as you might write about “reality.” That is what counts. You make others believe it is real.”

4. “On the subject of writing block, of course chocolate helps! Chocolate helps everything. Truly you have to brainstorm to go through writer’s block. Watch a film that excites your imagination tremendously. Pick up a book with delectable prose that just trips along. Do whatever makes you want to sit down and pound away on the keys. And try again and again to write right through that block. Just write until the juices start. Don’t put up with Writer’s block. With me, movies are very powerful. Highly plotted, visually beautiful films help. Amadeus helps. Immortal Beloved helps. Gladiator helps. But eventually you have to just write, and write and write.”

5. “I was in graduate school when I decided to drop out of the PHD program at Berkeley, and become a full time writer, come hell or high water. The book industry is always tough. It’s always going to be huge, and essentially overextended. Don’t worry about this. Just keep in mind that people do break in all the time. Our profession is unique in this regard. Every couple of years somebody goes from a kitchen table office to the top of the Best seller list. Keep the faith. Writers need faith. People will always tell you that it is impossible to become published. Laugh at them in your heart, and keep writing. If i had advice on how to get published, I’d share it. I don’t. Just keep writing and keep believing in yourself, and seeking a way to be published.”

That’s it for me today.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

M. Riddle *waves*


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5 thoughts on “Anne Rice’s Top 5 Writing Tips

  1. michaelalexanderchaney September 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm Reply

    #5 is the stuff that dreams are made on. Thanks for this.

    • marcusriddle September 16, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

      No problem.

  2. Mary L. Farmer March 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm Reply

    Love #2. Had an agent say she didn’t like the voice in my writing. That hurt more than any other critique so far. I mean, my voice is me, right? It was like she said she didn’t like me, and she doesn’t know me. Anyway, I’m sure one day somebody will dig my writing style. Until then, I’ll have to keep working on it.

    • marcusriddle March 12, 2014 at 12:10 am Reply

      We hear it again and again in many different ways, and from many different successful people. Just never give up. Never take no for your final answer! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Author Rebecca Heishman March 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Dancing With The MS MonSter and commented:
    Great advice from a great author…..

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