The majority of writing manuals get it all wrong.
Writing well is not a matter of inserting bits of prose into some magic equation.
Most creative writing texts are for most people wastes of time.
They focus only on the surface techniques of writing, not the root problems of the writer :
the heart, the mind, the soul of the one doing the writing.
The writer cannot seem to get started. Once started, she/he gets lost or loses heart. She writes well sometimes, badly most of the time.
So the root problems are matters of confidence, self-respect, and freedom.
The writer’s muse rattles impotently the bars cemented in her unconscious mind.
And what do all creative writing texts proclaim in their first chapter? Genius cannot be taught. Really? Everybody has a reservoir of it, mostly untapped due to being taught it does not exist at all.
Every nightmare (and even dogs have them) shows the secret reserve of imaginative power contained within the human mind.
The writer needs to know what habits of thought and action impede progress, what unnoticed aspects of living undermine writing well.
There are keys to unlocking the potential within every struggling writer. Those keys were held by the famous writers of the past who managed to write bestsellers in the most challenging circumstances.
Come. The ghosts of those masters are standing upon the last edge of reality. Listen to their fading voices. They wait with the last vestiges of their souls to teach you.
Now, before it is too late. Read GHOST WRITERS IN THE SKY.
IN THAT CASE, MA'AM, PUFF AWAY
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