Sunday, April 13, 2008

Forget Everything You Ever Learned About Writing

Forget your grade school teacher who was a stickler for spelling and grammar.

Forget your high school teacher who forced you to turn in an outline with your essay.

Forget your college professor who forced you to write a certain way.

Forget all the classmates or instructors who cruelly critiqued or ridiculed you.

Remember, instead, your discernment, your wisdom, your innate, free-flowing creativity and the guiding voice of your Muse, which will never let you down if you step out of the way and surrender fully to it.

~ adapted from "13 Rules for Birthing Your Book," from The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write.

2 comments:

Richard Galbraith said...

just came across this through the Just Write Blog Carnival, i concur absolutely with your sentiments.

I recently blogged about surrealist writing or automatic writing, and how it can be utilized for novel writing.

Not to say it's perfect, but letting go and just letting your mind wonder, is great for ideas and such, tidy it up later, get the idea first.

Mark David Gerson said...

Thanks, Richard. While writing, I try to hold the notion that the story (whatever it is) knows best and that my job is let the story do its job. The more fully I surrender to that, the less tidying up is required down the line.