Write Like You Mean It

Write Like You Mean It

A Lesson by tworeeler

short and not-so-sweet


If you're doing it wrong, it is a colossal waste of time and energy, better spent masturbating. If you're doing it right, it can still feel like a waste of time, because it isn't any easier (or less time-consuming). But I guess if you absolutely HAVE to do it, you might as well do it right. My advice - which may sound glib - is to write like you have a fuckng gun to your head. Write like you have terminal cancer; like the world is ending, and this is the final summation of what it all meant. People have lied to you a great deal of your life, because lying is sometimes easier than telling the truth. Hell, you've probably even lied to yourself once in a while. Don't. It may hurt, but the truth will set you free. Don't waste your breath trying to sound smart, either. Tell the truth as YOU know it. A lot of time is spent writing superfluous words; don't try to sound like a writer. In "street" parlance, don't talk about it, BE about it. Take criticism with a grain of salt; it's usually helpful. But don't let it rule you. You know what you want to say, so say it. Don't be afraid to revise. Cut as much fat as you possibly can. Don't waste the reader's time, either. You get one life. Don't waste it writing crap. Do it like you mean it, like you have no choice. Otherwise, you're just jerking off.


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