Against the Current: Contrarian Writing

CoachMost current blogs, teachers, writing coaches, editors, etc. steer newbie writers from using some forms of writing. However, it may not be the worst thing in the world to use these. Here are some recent contrarian writing ideas:

Expository writing: it’s especially discouraged as an opening to a novel but this article discusses how to pull it off. It’s a matter of being vivid, salting in some insights and showing a compelling background. Check out the quest post written by Jack Smith on Elizabeth S. Craig’s site (while you’re at it, like Elizabeth on Twitter – she posts a lot of great links).

Vampire BiteStay away from those adverbs -they bite! Or not -check out how to season your writing with adverbs. It’s complete with some insightful examples. This post on Writers on the Storm by Laura Drake is really, really good so catch up with her on Twitter
NO PASSIVE ZONE! Really? An article from Ragan’s PR Daily shines some science on the usage as well as some consideration of why great writers used it well in the past. So all that passive voice you want to use is natural – just use it well.
So we might conclude that using these techniques are NOT impossible but, rather, require the use of skill. Again, writing rules are meant to be broken when applied properly. Read these, use them well but tread carefully.
What are your thoughts about writing advice? Have you successfully used these or other discourage techniques? Do you stay away from them as a rule? I’d love to hear from you so please leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!Thanks for visiting!PHS

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