…Authors, when all else fails, ignore the instructions…


…I s’pose most of my life, I’ve questioned stuff… not in the ‘I’m-not-doing-any-of-that-until-yeez-explain-it-to-me’ querying, but more of wond’ring how things actually WURK… fr’example, I bet I’m only one of gazillions of yeez who don’t really know how a light switch makes the bulb light up… yes, yes, Mabel, I know it’s by electricity...but how does it WURK?…things like that… compoooters are devices from The Twilight Zone as far as I’m concerned… like when yeez click on the Mac screen with yer mouse, and pictures change and all that… baffles the hell out of me… but, here’s the thing… without knowing all the exact details of the WURKING machinations, I can still happily get by, clicking away at the laptop, and switching light switches on and off… now, what’s that got to do with being an Author?… well, for a start there’s so many elements that go into how a book gets written, formatted, distributed and so on, but nobody’s really ever figured out what it is that makes it all WURK as an accepted read for sumb’dy… oh, sure, there’s tons of ‘advice’ and ‘direction’ from loadsa people telling yeez what yeez should or should not do to be a ‘successful’ writer…


…all well-intended, I’m sure, but I say BOLLIX! to that… when it comes down to it, in my not-so-‘umble opinion, every book written should be unique… the product of countless mental chess moves in a scribbler’s own grey cells… an individual stamp, which, by the way, yeez could construe as that elusive thing called ‘Author’s Voice’... and if yeez choose to shun the conventional wisdom of how to put things down on yer laptop, and it happens to be recognised as brilliant narrative, therein lies part of the secret for me… of course, I’m not advocating bad spelling or lousy grammar or nonsensical plot flows and the tons of great stuff that make up the base of yer masterpiece… but Lawd preserve us from the formulaic ‘way-to-do-it-right’ nonsense… when all else fails, ignore the instructions… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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12 responses to “…Authors, when all else fails, ignore the instructions…

  1. There are certain basics, but some books didn’t follow the rules and still were a success. I’ve read if it’s interesting and entertaining enough people willl read. 🙂

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  2. I’m a big fan of “know the rules so you can break them properly”. Well said, Sir, as always. You totally ROCK!!!

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  3. Rosa Ave Fénix

    You, sure, can break the rules… your books are sold…aren’t they?. so…you do whatever you want…cheers!!!!!!!!

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  4. If we followed the instructions we’d all end up writing the same or very similar books. What a bore! Keep well!

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  5. Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    Love this article. Had to share. Seumas has such a great sense of humor. He writes from the heart, writes what’s in his mind, and shares it so well.

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  6. Same advice Holly Lisle gives in some of her classes. Follow the rules until they collide with common sense, or get in the way; then break them–creatively.

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