Great writing advice from Lewis Carroll


When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint;Don't state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.

~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

The downside of having a writing niche as I do is feeling like I'm repeating myself, or wondering, "Haven't I written this before?" That's why I found this advice from Carroll especially relevant and refreshing.

Writing full-time every weekday (sometimes 5 or 6 articles or blog posts daily) means that I must challenge myself to find new ways of saying the same thing, or I need to completely change my perspective on an old issue. Sometimes this process is fun, sometimes it's frustrating... but I've also found that even the smallest "mental squint" can produce a completely unique point of view.

If I can learn something new about writing, my subject, myself, or all of the above, then I've been successful (and this continuous learning cycle is what I love so much about being a writer).

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