Like any forever-struggling writer patiently waiting for success
I pursue any advice that promises to make my writing less a mess.
But I have found some of the sage suggestions I come across
Often leave me somewhat dumbfounded and for words at a loss.
I read these allegedly helpful articles on line and in magazines.
Their ranting pontifications are sometimes useless by any means.
What some of these so-called experts don’t seem to understand
Is that often their tips and pointers simply aren’t that grand.
If you took all their collective advice how to write right.
You’d probably write a book that would give you mares all night.
Suppose you took the world’s best sellers and all the classics too
Then, following all these official rules of exactly how and what to do,
You applied each to all the crème de la crème of the world’s best.
I bet they’d probably plummet to the bottom and there they’d rest.
Some of what these experts tell you to do is downright silly.
They say happy characters are bad and never name anyone Billy.
Beth Reekles, a teen from South Wales, just achieved19 million reads
Of a book she wrote on line about typical teenage emotional needs.
Obviously, to lecture her with writing advice would almost be corrupt.
But that will all change now that Random House has signed her up.
I think writing is very very personal; it’s what comes out of you.
In the end it’s you who takes the credit or criticism whichever is due.
So you need to personalize it and write in the best ways possible
So that anyone else trying to duplicate it will find that impossible.
Writing doesn’t always get the same respect as does other art
Sculptors, painters, and architects always seem to be set apart.
Most folks will never claim they can paint a praise-worthy portrait,
Yet so many insist they can write if they really put their mind to it.
Not so, say I. Writing is an art like any other creative endeavor.
There are many who cannot do it well, not today, tomorrow, or ever.
Marc Kuhn is the author of three books. Recently published is an adult historical novel, THE POPE’S STONE. The other two books are for children: NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE…And a bunch of other things you should never do!; and ABOUT A FARM, lessons for life regardless of where you live. All three books are available at amazon.com and each has its own .com website under its title.
Intimate details about Marc Kuhn and other exhilarating stuff at marckuhn.com