Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mike Advice

No, not this kind of Mike

This week I ran across some great writing tips from Michael Morpurgo.

In case you don’t know Mike, he’s the guy who wrote the awesomely epic War Horse.

He’s also written about 120 other books and was the UK’s third Children’s Laureate.

Yeah, a real slacker.

Anyway, Mike says that in order to be a good writer, you should first live an interesting life.

So be sure to do something wild with your time on the planet –

Raise kids, wolverines, or water buffalo (they’re all the same, trust me) and you’ll have this covered.

Mr. M. also says that you should write just a little bit every single day. 

If you follow The Mind’s Elbow plan, then you've got that one covered, too.

And finally, he advises not to worry about writing for a market or that great big audience of them

Instead, write the way you’d tell it to one person, and one person only…

your very best friend.

I like that, don’t you?

PROMPT: What do you want to tell your best friend today? And don’t forget to mention those awesome plans for water buffalo.


  1. I've heard this before but never really tried it exactly. I should. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Glad to be of service, Kjersten. Thanks for stopping by!