From Walt Disney to Walt Whitman: Writing Advice from Walt Disney

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Since I am going to Disneyland next week—and yes, I am bragging—I thought it would be appropriate for me to write a Disney-related blog. Walt Disney was an innovator and created things the world hadn’t seen before. He had many wise things to say and some of those can be related to writing.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.”

He knew the importance of books and reading. As a writer, you should be reading just as much as you are writing. Reading will build your vocabulary, your creativity, and it will motivate you to write your own book. Basically, if you don’t read much, your writing will most likely reflect that.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

I have heard many people say, “I want to write a book” and most of the time it doesn’t happen.  If you want to write a book, then you need to actually write a book. I know that might seem like simple advice, but there are some people who will never follow through with their intentions of writing a book. You will already be ahead of many “writers” by simply writing something, anything.

“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.”

Pursuing a writing career is tough and it is not meant for people who want to take the easy path. It is rare that an author is successful at the beginning of his/her writing career. There will be many rejections in your future, but if you truly want to be a writer you need to be persistent.

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

Ignore the critics and continue with your writing. There will always be someone who does not like what you are doing, but you can’t let that get in your way. In fact, sometimes having critics is a good thing. If you are causing controversy, you are more likely to get noticed. Just look at how popular books are after being banned.

Every writer can learn from Walt Disney, so if you are looking for some writing inspiration, just turn on a Disney movie—or better yet, go to Disneyland or Disney World!

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