On Writing


October 21, 2013 by Laird

Five observations about writing:

*Beware of prescription masquerading as advice.

*Methods of the writing process are unique to the writer.

*People are fond of saying, “X is lazy writing.” No, X is probably fine. Lazy writing is lazy writing.

*Characters must be compelling. It isn’t required that they be sympathetic.

*I prefer the long view of my writing life. I don’t get trapped in the daily ebb and flow of word count. Assessing progress on a monthly and annual basis is more coherent. It also tends to keep me saner.

6 thoughts on “On Writing

  1. I couldn’t agree more, especially the part about prescription masquerading as advice.

    And, I don’t think first person is lazy, but I find a lot of writers choose to be lazy from first person.

  2. Mike Allen says:

    Thanks, Laird. Good stuff.

  3. Marc Laidlaw says:

    If all you have done is saved a few souls from posting/tweeting/facebooking their ongoing word counts, you will have done them and the world a great service.

    • Laird says:

      Hi, Marc. Yes, I wince at the daily word count bar that pop up everywhere as if putting together stories is like stamping license plates.

  4. Great observations Laird! Thank you 🙂

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