Blogging Insights – NF # 64 : Writing Advice


The only truly universal writing advice is ‘If it works, it works.’”


Before we discuss today’s quote, I would like to address something else. The words ‘only’ or ‘truly’ or ‘universal’ are often used by people by way of emphasis or exaggeration. Also, when I post a quote it is open to criticism; in fact, I have the most fun when all of us hack a quote to pieces.

Coming back to today’s quote , I found it on Audrey Druscoll’s blog in a post about writing advice. The Internet is full of posts and videos on writing advice. Books and essays of writing advice existed long before the Internet.

I have to agree with today’s quote not just in terms of writing or blogging but any kind of venture. There is no single ‘correctway of doing anything. When a method works for you it is the right way even if the ‘experts’ advise against it.

What then, is a newbie supposed to do? In my opinion, you can try various bits of advice that you come across and find what is best for you. In doing so you may evolve your own method.

What do you think? I would love to know. You can drop me a line in my comments section. Better still, why not write a post of your own. Just remember to tag it #blogginginsights

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14 thoughts on “Blogging Insights – NF # 64 : Writing Advice

  1. As you say, it’s a piece of advice that applies to almost anything, and as someone who has a very intuitive, seat-of-the-pants approach to writing, I really relate to it.


    I think it should have a serious caveat to go with it – if you don’t know *why* it worked, be prepared to crash and burn next time. Been there, done that, lost the t-shirt years ago. 🙂

    I submitted some pieces for a series of live reading events a few years back and ended up with four being accepted. Overall, I think they all had roughly the same balance of cynical humour, aw! or yuk! factors, and a deliberately “ordinary everyday ” feel for what were speculative fiction stories. In spite of that, one was a much bigger hit than the others and gained me far more audience feedback later, and I have no idea why.

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  2. Bill Belichick’s comment “It is what it is” is the other shoe that goes with this. You can’t argue with something that could be true about absolutely ANYTHING. On the “up” side, you can respond with this line to pretty much anything and you will never be wrong. I’m not sure that this has anything to do with writing or writers, but it’s true for any possible circumstance.

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  3. Hey, thanks for linking to one of my posts. I just re-read it and found it a bit too vehement. (Haha!) But the “if it works, it works” declaration was something I quoted from a comment I read on someone else’s blog. Sadly, I didn’t credit whoever it was.

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