The Perfect Writerly Advice

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  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 27, 2013 at 8:47 am .

    I think this is fantastic advice. If you can’t quit, then by all means, write your heart, understand that the free flow is usually crap and tune out the voices telling you how to do it. Perfect.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 27, 2013 at 10:39 am .

    Hi Julie — It’s a lot easier to ignore advice when, like me, you’re writing in retirement and don’t have high expectations about fame and fortune. The joy of writing for me is doing my own thing as you suggest. Of course, I haven’t had anything new published since 2009, so those of you who want to publish regularly might not want to follow my “do my own thing” example. FYI, I’m still in the process of cleaning up crap on two manuscripts and praying that the third is officially accepted soon for publication in 2014.

  3. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller August 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm .

    My “yellow brick road” of writing (yes…I’ve wet myself more than once) has finally, OMG really finally, found its direction when I simply (matching mindset) let my writing be my writing. No more chasing others rainbows, butterflies and lattes. Yes my first drafts, suck…so do my second and most likely third (you should know…you’ve seen some of them.)
    But the freedom to be sucky, poor, fair, good, great or even “King-like” only comes when we allow ourselves the freedom to write in our voice, style, tempo, blah…blah…blah.
    Who cares if the niche you write in has only one author…YOU…it’s still your writing and your niche. If that ain’t good enough, I guess ignore the above suggestions, attend every conference, class, lecture, coffee house, and poetry reading available, mimic everything you see and check you author-happiness at the door.

  4. Carie Sherman
    Carie Sherman August 29, 2013 at 11:53 am .

    Great advice. Thanks for your post!

    My best advice is to do whatever you can to lose your ego–on paper and off. For me this involves a lot of yoga and meditation and other stuff I deemed “hippy dippy” years ago. It also involves letting people I trust read what I’ve written. It’s terrifying still–I live in constant fear of being called out for being a total hack–yet, feedback is essential for improvement.

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