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The “Right” Way To Write ~ Writing Advice for The Brave . . .

These days, writing advice is cheap—even free on the Web—cheap, also, in the sense “of little worth because achieved in a discreditable way requiring little effort”.

If you want “writing advice” from this blog, use the Subject Index Links; or, use this link >>> Writing Advice

If you go there, you’ll see this post (because I’m adding “writing advice” to its Tags) and, next, the post, Writing Advice, Even from Well-Known Authors, Can Be “Dangerous” . . .

That last post I linked to has other links to writing advice from seven extremely talented and famous authors, yet it also has this quote:

“For every ‘rule’ in the books, some book of creative writing has successfully ‘broken’ it :-)

So, what IS the RIGHT way to write?

Well, let me relate a bit of a conversation I had last night with my best friend.

We’d been to a benefit trivia contest on Book Island in the virtual world Second Life and she recalled the extremely common trait people share of wanting to be “Right”.

Naturally, if a person is “wrong” often enough, they will “fail”

But then, there is that phenomenon where a person does the “wrong” thing in a situation yet comes out smelling like the sweetest flower in the garden.

Also, we live in a rather fractured and ailing society where deciding “right” and “wrong” can often be, to say the least, agonizing

When it comes to writing advice, what’s right in one situation or for a particular writer can be very wrong for another writer or in different circumstances.

To say creative writing is a complex task is to utter one whopper of an understatement.

So let me drive home my main point with a special quote:

“For every complex problem there is a simple solution, and it’s wrong.”
Henry Louis Menkin

What’s to be done?

Please, let me humbly offer a potential solution:

Get to know your Deepest Inner Self.

Some might say your Real Self—down below the personae worn for the sake of society—beyond the doubts and worries of the ego—in that mental space that others can’t reach

If you write from that place you’ll often find yourself, when contemplating your work, saying, “Who the hell wrote this?”

You’ll reach a realm where the “rules” fade-out—where “right” is merely whatever you do—where all authors of any worth go when they say they’re “in the Zone”

Sure, even if you write from that sweet-spot, you’ll want an editor to look over your work.


You’ll also be in a stable state of mind that can confidently tell the editor they’re wrong :-)

Easy to do?

Hell no.


Only if you want your work to be Authentic………
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9 responses to “The “Right” Way To Write ~ Writing Advice for The Brave . . .

  1. John Paul Mahofski November 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I often reflect on audience when writing, but seldom do I find myself pondering myself and my objectives.I’ve always envied the author that knows why they are writing beyond the idea of because I want everyone to think it is great and tell me.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai November 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    Thanks for your comment but could you expatiate on the meaning of this sentence?

    “I’ve always envied the author that knows why they are writing beyond the idea of because I want everyone to think it is great and tell me.”


  3. John Paul Mahofski November 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    In short sometimes writers chase fame, fortune, and do so by ignoring what they feel deep inside themselves and instead write for audience praise–short sweet sexy and vampires.


  4. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen November 14, 2012 at 3:26 am

    People have a need to be right, to prove they are right and being so are allowed to go on. I have noticed a lot of insecurity in young writers as if writing was an unreputable activity. It seems that some of them feel that if they have to write they must keep to rules. This is something I never experienced myself and reading their pleas for help makes me sad. I can share my experience but I often feel this is not what they want.


  5. Jane Watson November 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I believe only those who write from a deep place actually achieve the audience they want in a sustained way…you know, just as a digression, one of the first very successful modern Vampire novels was by Anne Rice. Did you know that she had a daughter who died of leukaemia at the age of five and who in the process of treatment had many blood transfusions… ? I don’t think Anne’s obsession with creatures who infuse healthy people with ‘other’ blood was just a market decision. It certainly may have been for those who came after and copied her, lol. Her inspiration came from a deep place and this is why it seemed so ‘authentic’ (even though she had not ever managed to interview a real vampire;).

    I believe that writers suffer a great deal because they feel that they must get it ‘right’. No one gets it right the first time all the time, writing is about persistence and process. Just occasionally we may do something good straight off because we tapped into that inner space immediately. The trouble is tapping that inner space is hard and frightening…:)


  6. Alexander M Zoltai November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    “…only those who write from a deep place actually achieve the audience they want in a sustained way…” — So True, Jane.

    And, thanks for the example of Anne Rice.

    “…tapping that inner space is hard and frightening…” — until we give ourselves the “right” to be “wrong” :-)


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