Words Of Strength & How They Apply To Writing

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Andrew Jackson once beat a man to death with his cane.

How it applies to writing:

You will have lots and lots and LOTS of people telling you to change this, change that, and take something out.

Don’t.

If they aren’t better writers than you, ignore them. Maybe ignore them even if they’re better writers than you.

Pursue your unique vision.

That’s how your stories get told, not theirs, and not some compilation-by-committee thing that nobody will read.

It’ll take guts. But your’re a writer. You decided a long time ago to be different. Courage is a byproduct of that, and you’re stronger than you think.

Allison 2 will keep you guessing at every turn

 

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.” Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

26 thoughts on “Words Of Strength & How They Apply To Writing

  1. Great advice. I have to agree that even a better writer’s suggestion needs to be considered. Learned that the hard way after listening to several more experienced authors and nearly destroyed my first book by accepting everything they said. Have to stay true to your own style.

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    • And develop your own style. When I give advice to people, I’m usually trying to say this is what works for me, or this is what I’m trying. Many times it’s stuff they should consider, but occasionally it’s not. If they write a book and lose their voice, it’s not worth it

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        • I don’t know if it takes very much courage to write. I do know it takes a lot of courage to show that writing to others, especially people you don’t know.

          After that, you are extremely vulnerable because you’ve put your hard work out there and just about anybody can crush your spirit unintentionally – or intentionally.

          Then you have to decide you don’t know everything and there are things you can do to improve your writing. Then when you are comfortable at that level, you have to seriously consider who’s advice you will take and who’s you will not. For example, certain phrases you style a certain way and somebody else says that’s not a great way to do it. But that your voice. If you take 10 of those out over an 80,000 word novel, your voice is still there. If you take them all out, your voice is gone.

          And that is why editing is a furrowed brow endeavor. You have to sit there and stare at each choice and decide what to do with it.

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  2. My editor wanted me to rewrite the story line to make it more mainstream. I had to ignore that because I had a long story to tell that was going to take at least three full novels, and I could not completely alter the first to please the editor. If I had, there would be not second and third novel to complete MY story.

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