Bad Writing Advice

Julianne Q Johnson

Like all professions, and especially in the arts, when you participate there is always a plethora of people and even masters of creation who have loads of advice to give the uninitiated.

Veritable loads of advice.  Some of it useful, some of it heard so often it sounds like a rule, some of it completely wrong.

There is no shortage of advice for writers.  There are well known truisms that, on closer inspection, are all wrong, or all wrong for you.  I’m here to tell you that’s ok.  You don’t have to follow specific bits of wisdom in order to be a good writer.  In fact, there’s some I recommend you ignore from time to time, or even completely.

1-   Write Everyday!  If you want to be a “real” writer, you must write every day!  How can you hone your craft if you don’t flex those writing muscles in a…

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Greetings, World… and a book reccomendation.

I’ve never tried blogging, believing that there is a kind of vanity in the process, perhaps. But I’m a writer of books and songs, and there is vanity in that, as well, in the idea that anybody out there wants to hear anything I’ve got to say in the first place. So, really, it’s no great leap, just a different medium of expression. I’ll be posting consistently, but never about personal matters.

I just finished reading Tim O’brien’s The Things They Carried. I somehow managed to miss that one in college. It is one of the finest pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. It is a book about war, gritty and real, yet lyrical and moving.  It is one of those books, like East of Eden by Steinbeck or Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms which is so beautifully written I cannot bare to write myself for a few days because anything that comes out of my head is drivel by comparison. It’s a perfect book.Image