D.L. Koontz, Uncategorized

Wine, Water, Writing and a little Whine

Old-rusty-typewriterA few weeks ago, I shared with you my delight in Mark Twain quotes. My favorite of his sayings are those that teach me something.

However, once in a while, I find one that motivates as well.  Here’s a great one in that category:

”My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.”

Yeah, I know, he was one of the great geniuses. Isn’t it interesting that he didn’t consider himself as such, and that he felt the need to justify and poke fun at his writing?

The points? As usual, there are many:

1. Don’t compare yourself or your writing with others!

2. It’s possible to be humble and still promote your work.

3. Don’t sweat trying to copy another person’s style; be original.

4. Those old classics may provide a cut above the usual reading experience, but if we write like that, we’ll relegate our writing to a limited group of readers. Isn’t it best to spread your message to as many readers as you can?

5. Find your own unique voice and run with it.

Finally, find a good editor too because, well, here’s the whine part of all this: I’m no grammar cop, but isn’t the quote grammatically incorrect? Do you think it was purposeful and that Twain was trying to affirm that he wasn’t a genius?

Remember: Be your unique self! “Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s finger.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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