There’s a chronic whisper in my ear as a writer. An urge. A compelling feature forward toward uncertainty, toward mystery, toward something I can never quite put my finger on.
It’s this calling, this longing, this thirst that moves my body out of bed each morning when nothing else will. Sipping coffee, searching, attempting to medicate the separation anxiety from sleep with words, no destination in mind but peace. But writing makes life make sense again, so I’m constantly perfecting this recipe of structure and flow in my writing routine to make it all go a little more seamlessly.
Organizing advice from famous authors based on astrology signs seems to do the trick. So from my spiritual neurosis to yours, here’s a list of writing advice for your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs, or any other placements in your chart:
LADY GAGA: “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
HARPER LEE: “People who write for reward by way of recognition or monetary gain don’t know what they’re doing. They’re in the category of those who write; they are not writers. Writing is simply something you must do. It’s rather like virtue in that it is its own reward.”
JORDAN PETERSON: “The primary reason to write an essay is so that the writer can formulate and organize an informed, coherent and sophisticated set of ideas about something important.”
GEORGE ORWELL: “When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention.”
RAY BRADBURY: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
STEPHEN KING: “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”
ANNE RICE: “The only thing between you and realizing your dreams as a writer is yourself.”
MARGARET ATWOOD: “A word after a word after a word is power.”
CANDACE BUSHNELL: “I started writing about New York as soon as I arrived. I was 19.”
STEPHANIE MEYER: “I had the easiest publishing experience in the entire world. I sent out fifteen courier letters to agents, got five no replies, nine rejections, and one I want to see it. A month later, I had an agent. Another month later, I had a three-book deal.”
SIDNEY SHELDON: “A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”
ANAIS NIN: “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel of successful creative writing if we can tune into what’s worked for those who’ve already done it. Success leaves clues. We just have to understand the language.