More Writing Advice From the Venerable Sarah

Some magnificent advice to writers from a magnificent writer. Cheers all! And thank you to Sarah; it’s absolutely fine to quote yourself, especially when you ware so right! 🙂

...and then there was Sarah

I can’t stop quoting myself. I’m out of control. Clearly my narcissism knows no bounds!

But on a serious note…as an author, I have benefited immensely from the help and advice of others. I always aim to be helpful in return, and continuously look for ways of paying it forward.

sarahcraditquote2The point here is that everyone has a unique opinion on what they like and do not like. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series is often used by critics as an example of poor writing, however there are millions of fans who consider the series a favorite. Similarly, writers like Hemingway and Kerouac- who are generally considered great writers- have just as many detractors. There is not a single book in existence that is considered the greatest novel of all time by everyone that has read it. Kind of a sobering thought, isn’t it?

So why aim for that? Tastes vary, results…

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5 thoughts on “More Writing Advice From the Venerable Sarah

  1. Yes, we are great and unique what is worth of never ending self-promotions, but without referring it to the highest values (God – General philosophy interpreting our existence) we will only generate a very loud ‘white noise’.

    • I personally find comfort in white noise. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying things that have no ‘deep purpose.’ Self-promoting, to me, is the same as appreciating the gift of self. If we share our unique thoughts for the betterment of others, it doesn’t matter if it is self-promoting, and can be considered a reference to the creator without saying or speaking it. It is good to just be, since that is why we are here. (Just my view, you know, not really stating as an argument.)

      • I like your statement: “Self-promoting, to me, is the same as appreciating the gift of self” what can be also seen as boosting our self-confidence that is always needed for creative writers. However, too much of self-confidence is also dangerous.
        The issue is how to keep balance or in other words how to maintain our ego under control? And such concerns were behind my first opinion. It can be achieved, if at the same time (when scoring/enjoying successes in our creative work) we try to be humble, what means always recognizing bigger things above us. It needs never ending work on personal spiritual development what is hard and requires a lot of self-discipline as determination. However, such roles traditionally played for ages religions as making it easier/standardized for bigger crowds to maintain ‘hygiene of humbleness’. In this perspective, I admire powerful and despotic kings in dark middle Ages who after, for example, winning big battles instead of boosting its own image as outstanding strategists were humbly saying that it was caused by God hearing their earlier prayers. Yes, from today’s perspective this rhetoric was empty/manipulative, but we were dealing at that time with the top political leaders truly respecting higher values that were identical for the ruled by them masses.

        Do we see it today something similar playing such roles? What elements/values can be treated as universal and able to unite the public/masses with around their most creative artists/political leaders/employers etc? I only see very noisy and quickly replaced local/global idols. We watch them closely/addictively, but it isn’t stimulating/inspiring for our personal/spiritual development.

        I do not like vulgar expressions, but at this moment came to my mind only this phrase for describing promoted today in our culture (media/politics/art/economy etc) questionable spiritual developments offered for the masses and it is:
        ‘never ending psychological masturbation of human minds by contemporary gladiators named today as idols (of culture/art/politics/wars/peace/economy etc)’.

        • I love your quote, no matter how vulgar. You are absolutely right. The concept of spiritual development is a dead and practically accursed practice.

  2. Regarding writers quoting themselves: In those areas that we truly have something original to contribute, quoting ourselves should not be surprising. I like to think that our motivation for writing is that there is a need in the world for thoughts or expression that do not yet exist. When Isaac Newton studied the motion of the planets he found that there was no mathematics in existence to accomplish his purposes. Out of sheer necessity he invented his own mathematical system which we now call “Calculus”. Or as I say in one of my books…

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