Just Write Your Bleeping Book

I shake my head when I read articles about the so-called rules on writing. As a writer I am aware of a lot of the things that are considered no-no in writing. I know about punctuation. I know about show, not tell. However, as a reader, very seldom have I found myself thinking “Oh, my God! This author didn’t show anything, all they did was tell, tell, tell.”

Yes, sometimes, I do find my internal editor hard to turn off while reading a novel, and I catch simple errors like a missed word or an extra word in a sentence. I promise you if I am in love with the storyline, if I’m invested in seeing the book to conclusion, I couldn’t give a rat's ass if the author used a cliche, or if they told something they should have shown. I don’t even necessarily care if the book hasn’t been edited to 100% perfection, if I enjoy the story.

There are approximately 4000 ebooks (or something like that) published per DAY on Amazon right now. I think the hardest part for any author, (unless you're someone like Colleen Hoover who could publish her grocery list and have it go straight to number 1), is getting your book noticed by the right people and getting some good reviews posted. Well, that and pirating, but that's an article for another day.

I read “After” by Anna Todd. Was it well written? In my opinion, not particularly. However, to me, it was compelling enough that I kept reading. It was like a bad accident, I couldn’t flip those pages fast enough, even though I didn’t think it was particularly great writing. And she did okay (more than okay, really). Ultimately, I devoured the book in spite of the questionable writing and numerous so-called golden rules that she broke.

How about the Fifty Shades series? I seriously couldn't even get through the complete series, and found so much "wrong" with the books, I stopped reading. Fault her all you want, but she sold a couple books anyway!

I could go on and on about the rules as they apply to getting published or being a great writer, but I won’t. Sometimes, I think authors are so afraid they’re going to break a rule that they lose their voice in the process. I say… write it as you hear it. Put pen to paper and don’t let anyone (editor or otherwise) tell you you can’t do that! Well, let them tell you, but if you like it the way it is, I promise you not one single reader is going to say, "You know, I really wish that author wouldn't have used that cliche," or "Did you see how many times she told us something when she should have shown us?" No, no, no!

That being said, people who have read my books, don’t always appreciate my way. But I write from the heart, and I write what I feel and hear at the time.


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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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