Don’t Outsmart Yourself

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine asked me for advice about writing . And the best thing I could say was that she had to write in the easiest and simplest way possible.

Let me explain.

Ever read a brilliant piece of writing, something so good that you wish you had written it yourself? For aspiring writers, it seems like there’s only one way to go about this: try to write something similar.

Like they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. But, you see, all great writers realized that in order to write something real, something that will resonate with readers, they need to write in the easiest and simplest way possible.

Writing should come naturally. It should be effortless, and it should be about whatever it is that makes your soul ache.

If you can’t shut up about it, then it’s worth writing about it. If it makes your cells dance at the thought of having this story read by people, then write about it.

You know, it is said that one should write the book one should like to read. So, write it the way you’d like to read it. The style that suits you best…

Don’t think about what other people would like to read, don’t try to ride trends, don’t try to please everybody.

In fact, don’t think at all. Just write. And while almost everyone else is thinking about writing, write some more.

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8 comments on “Don’t Outsmart Yourself

  1. I have breathed true statements from this. Such a good piece.

  2. slmswrites says:

    So encouraging! Thank you for this. :-)

  3. Love this post. I used to try to write everything properly. Now I just write in the voice that is in my head at the moment. It comes out differently at different times, but it’s 100% authentic.

  4. And I feel just like that, you quickly typed this out, cast it out into the world and went on because it was so simple and easy for you to convey.

  5. Perfect advice, Cristian. Don’t talk about writing or pontificate about it, just get creative.

  6. AJ says:

    You get me! hehe Thank you for sharing this :D
    AJ x

  7. azpascoe says:

    I really agree with this post! I think it’s incredibly easy for people to get caught up in what they should or shouldn’t be doing; while in the long run it’ll obviously be important to refine your work, the immediate concern should be with the creation itself :)

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