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Writing tips from the life of Alexander The Great!

Michael Pokocky

Michael Pokocky

I wrote a blog post on Red Room | Where the Writers Are and it is featured as the Blog Post of the Day! [Sunday August 29th, 2009].

Here it is posted from the Red Room to share with my friends:

Writing tips from the life of Alexander The Great!

by Michael W Pokocky

August 27, 2009, 8:41 pm

Look!  This is the most important thing writers must understand before they even write one word: Never take advice from anyone.

Alexander The Great had Aristotle as a teacher and a friend, but Aristotle did not teach Alexander The Great to become the greatest leader of men.  He taught him knowledge because the worlds knowledge during Alexanders time was so small that one man like Aristotle knew it all.  That was Aristotle’s passion: knowledge.

What made Alexander great was realizing that what life threw at him was what he had to deal with.  To take action.  To believe so much in himself and his abilities to get things done that he took action based on the knowledge he had learned from Aristotle himself.

I’m not sure there is any reference to this but I believe this to be true.  So Alexander conquered all of the known world to him at such a  young age nobody has ever repeated what he had done.  Alexander did not bestow upon himself the crown Alexander The Great.  The people did.  History did.  We did.  And therein lies the writing tip from the life of Alexander the Great: Never take advice from anyone.  What you can do is gain knowledge or expertise in what you think you like — and you will know what you like when you feel guilty not doing it.  You can gain experience by going out into the world and trying something you never did before.  Hunter S. Thompson infliltrated by gaining the trust of the Hells Angels to write the definitive work on that subject.  Hemingway lived his life as he saw fit and wrote about it.  Proust suffered all his life and wrote it all down and we marvel at such an accomplishment.

What will work for you won’t work for the next person.  Will you ever get published?  I don’t know.  The only thing you have control over is you.

So the next time you think that what you call your writing life is in peril, don’t!  I don’t even care if my spelling or grammer is write in this post.  I don’t care that you care.  I am having so much fun writing it that it makes my day.  If it is never read nor commented on I don’t care.  That’s the point.  Nobody cares except the ones who are not writing and are frustrated and angry and feel they will never be a writer.  Believe me there are many out there who will attack this post if they have the guts.  I hope they do.  I hope nobody agrees with me.  I hope there is so much of a fuss over this post that something deep down inside of you — a gut wrenching response that you want to make but you hesitate because it is not politiacally correct.  Who cares?  You do!  Don’t care!  Just write what you really feel and forget spelling, grammer and hurting my fellings.

That is what Alexander The Great did I believe: he did not care what others thought.  He just went and did it.


I hope you enjoy this!


via:  Red Room | Where the Writers Are Blog of the Day


August 29, 2009 - Posted by | literature, writing | , , , ,


  1. Yes! I took the advice of my writer’s group and changed my novel from first to third person. Perhaps they’re right, but I think a writer must write comfortably for the words to flow. It is a deeply personal matter.

    Comment by morningjoy | August 29, 2009

  2. Some of the people I work with formed a Facebook Group called the Grammar Police, dedicated to spotting and posturing over mistakes in grammar, spelling and so on. The collected and ridiculed mistakes found everywhere including food labels and shop notices. Needless to say, I didn’t join, and the main proponents of this group were the two who were fired.
    Grammar and spelling have their place but worrying and getting upset about them is a waste of time and energy; let the words flow. You can always tidy(or not) later on.

    Comment by viv66 | August 29, 2009

  3. Glad to see you, Michael!

    I believe greatness is achieved through deeds, and most certainly through “ploughing one’s own furrow”. In short, I suppose, to coalesce this into a meaningful phrase, “be inspired by Alexander’s greatness, but make your own.” As you rightly say, he existed in a time where the sum of all knowledge was kept by few men, and the capacity to rise to greatness amongst your peers was perhaps easier than it is today. Greatness now could be argued as the ability to see things, or do things, from a different perspective, enabling one to stand out from the crowd. The Beatles’ genius, for example, stood out at once because they were the first of that particular model, and as they inspired new musical artists to join the fray, the ability to rise above a veritable ocean of creativity became more and more difficult.

    Comment by kevmoore | August 30, 2009

  4. Hi Michael, great to read you again!
    You want somebody who does not agree with you?
    You write
    “I don’t care that you care … If it is never read nor commented on I don’t care.”
    It is hart to believe that! We cannot help caring,we wnat to be noticed, to be commented. We might think one day that we don’t care, in a flash of philosophism and detachment from the world, but at the end, we all want to be appreciated.
    If not, I don’t see why one would be bothered to be published…

    Comment by Miki | August 30, 2009

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