In #Writing, You Should Never…! @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @4WillsPub
“Whenever someone gives you a never in regards to writing, your inner warning klaxon should go off. Writing is an art, and cannot be governed by rules involving always or never.” -Author Unknown
I don’t know who said that, but someone once shared the quote above with me via email.
Like some of you, I have had it up to here with other people’s opinions (OPO) about what we should never do in writing. Who are these so-called writing gurus who feel that they can dictate our every stroke in our quest to create the most perfect pieces of art in written form?
We are bombarded daily with rules for our writing. Notice my emphasis on the word our because I want everyone to understand that my writing belongs to me, your writing belongs to you, their writing belongs to them, so everyone should tend to their own beeswax!
Writing is subjective, but, just as long as…
- your writing is free of misspelled words and other typos
- your periods and commas are in the proper places so that readers are guided seamlessly through the read
- there is clarity of thought and no rambling
- your dialogue is realistic
- your characters are well-developed and believable…
…then, in my humble (but valued) opinion, YOU. ARE. DOING. JUST. FINE!
Writing is an art form, but unfortunately, it’s not one that everyone masters spectacularly. I repeat – if your writing is clean (error-free), captivating (you can hold readers’ attention), and realistic (it makes us feel as if it is actually happening right before our eyes so we can believe in it), then block out the naysayers. Stop feeding into their frenzy and write what you want to write, and write it the way you want to! Stop giving a crap about what these wanna-be experts say that you should be doing in your writing. Some of them don’t even know what good writing looks like anyway. They’ve fallen into the deep end of the spiked-Koolaid and have swallowed way too much of it; and now they’re spewing it up and out into the air, hoping that you’ll be foolish enough to swallow some of it, too. Close your mouths! Don’t you dare take in any of their nonsense!
I can’t tell you the number of writers who are being made to feel the pressure that they must “show and not tell,” and sadly, all throughout their stories, they are failing in their attempts. So much so, that they are going overboard attempting the technique, trying to please that category of folk who “think” they are expert at it. Here’s another
Stop allowing others to pressure you into something you don’t fully understand, and until you do, merely focus on writing using the formula that I’ve highlighted above and here in it’s shortened form… clean – captivating – realistic. The little words to remember. That’s all the reading public wants from us anyway – writing that’s free of typos, that holds their attention, and is believable; clean – captivating -realistic.
NEVER let anyone tell you what you should be writing.
NEVER let anyone tell you how to write.
NEVER let anyone try to sell you on what they probably don’t understand themselves.
The only NEVERS I want you to allow to seep into your soul are…
Throughout this piece, I have repeatedly shared the formula that you cannot fail with. Apply it to to your writing and you will NEVER risk being pulled into the spiked-Koolaid again.
So, now that I’ve stepped down from my ‘guru’ high-horse, have you ever found yourself feeling pressured by the millions of so-called gurus of writing around you? If so, how does the process I suggest above sound to you? Does it sound reasonable enough for you to give it a try?
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