Writing tips from the life of Alexander The Great!
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:
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!