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September 18, 2016

5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore

 

Why I disagree with “write what you know” & more. 

“Writer’s block doesn’t exist”

Oh, PLEASE. If you’re a good writer who genuinely cares about the quality of your work, you will get writer’s block. In fact, writer’s block is an inevitable part of the creative process. So when it happens, don’t freak out. Instead, step away with the screen/paper/typewriter (shout-out to those doing it old school) and go outside. Walk away from your work and only return when you actually miss it. 

“Either you’re a natural writer or you’re not”

Creative snobbery is the worst. Yes, some people can write better than others. But it’s subjective. And we all have something to say or a story to share. Simply deciding that someone can either write or they can’t is, quite frankly, bullshit. I’m not buying it and neither should you. The more we write, the “better” we all get. 

“Only work on one thing at a time”

I beg to differ. My writing is a mess of half-formed thoughts and incomplete iPhone notes. That’s how I choose to create and it works for me. I also feel balanced when I’m not fixating on just one thing. If it goes wrong, I mentally switch to the other and go onto the next one. Onwards and upwards, always. 

“In order to be a good writer, you must be well-read.” 

Don’t get me wrong, reading is wonderful and inspiring and essential. But honestly? Sometimes you need to step away from other people’s voices in order to develop your own. We’ve all read someone desperately emulating Hemingway or Orwell and not in a good way. Focus on sounding like you. That’s what we, your readers, are really interested in. You.

“Write what you know”

Write whatever the hell you want. 


 

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9 Comments

  • Anissa Marie

    Great points! Although I do find that my style improves when I read a lot, it’s just important not to imitate others and lose your voice in the process.
    And amen to that last point! at least when it comes to fiction venturing your mind into the unknown is a great exercise, no?

    Your blog has been recommended all over the place and I’m glad I found it <3 xx

    September 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much, Anissa! Venturing into your mind and the unknown is always an excellent exercise, especially for fiction. I also recommend writing about whatever comes to mind (whether your writing is good or bad doesn’t matter at this stage), and then taking a step away from your work. Your next great idea will then appear when you least expect it… in the shower, while driving etc.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂 x

      September 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Lucie

    I have to agree with you in all of these things! Thank you for this post. 🙂

    Have a nice day
    Lucie http://www.inbluebox.com

    September 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank *you* for reading, Lucie! I’ve just subscribed to your newsletter 🙂

      September 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Walkiria

    Great post! Challenging everything is the only way to find our true inner voices creativity and calling!

    September 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Couldn’t agree more! Thank you!

      September 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Yes! Especially agree with first and second points – I get writers block sometimes (mostly when I’m really tired and forcing myself to write…) and its just so important to step away for a little while and come back when it feels fun again. 🙂

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    September 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      I totally agree, Laura! And although inspiration has to find you working, it also has to find you rested and ready for your next great breakthrough 🙂

      September 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply
  • Emma Hart | Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles

    SO MUCH TRUTH! Writer’s block is totally real and it definitely helps to step away from whatever you’re doing until the inspiration hits you again. I get writer’s block weirdly when I’ve been writing too much or when I know I need to write something. It stresses me out and does the world of good to completely ignore it and go do something different. That’s when I get ALL the ideas and it’s just marvellous!

    March 18, 2017 at 8:46 pm Reply
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