32 comments on “Lookin’ Like a Fool With Your Writing On The Ground

  1. I think Meyer jumped on the Joss Whedon bandwagon (and Joss did it better), but let’s not quibble. Love this post! You’re right, of course. You almost always are. ;-)
    .-= judy´s last blog ..The Wild In Me =-.

  2. Hey, George,

    Trying to sound “hip” in your writing usually blows up. First, it dates the piece. Second, chances are your hipness is totally last week. Remember the old guy who always tried to look hip when you were a kid? Same deal.

    Writing doesn’t have to be hip. It has to be clear, compelling and engaging. “Hip” quickly becomes “hep” which is older than I am. Give your copy “legs” by avoiding the current hip terms. They just make you sound like a wannabe (which is a term that’s already dated).


    • Hi Paul!

      Nice to see you. Good perspective on this I think. Trying to look hip will surely backfire. I am so aware of this when teaching high school students – I fess up to my “oldness” and just be myself and it usually works out ok!


    • Hi Lillie,

      I’ve been on both sides of that equation as well. I’ve had editors who wanted style changes which would result in nothing more than the voice sounding more like someone else. I’ve also been in the edit mode of someone’s work, blue pen a flyin’ and then realized, “Whoa. Slow down. This is not your piece, it is theirs!”

      Thank for stopping by!


  3. That’s hard to ascertain. Perhaps I’m a shabby composite of writers I admire? It can be a while to find one’s voice and to be confident in using it. But it’s something I always strive for: to trust my way of giving form to my thoughts without being seduced by the more apparent affectation or hip style. Wise advice, George.
    .-= jan geronimo´s last blog ..When a Question Is the Answer =-.

    • Hi Jan,

      I think as long as we are staying true to our voice, it doesn’t matter quite as much how we got there. A true style rings true. A false style is off key. Nice seeing you Jan.


  4. Let me just say I didn’t think the song was that funny. :p

    Now that that’s out of the way (lol) I agree with you completely. Writers who mimic others are just well, weird – especially if they don’t do it well. Haha.

    I’m not a writer but can see the parallels of this with singers. Singers who copy others’ styles end up just sounding weird. :)
    .-= reyjr´s last blog ..You can make money on the internet too – seriously! =-.

  5. Great post George,

    It’s always good to be reminded to be yourself especially in your writing. It is as you say what makes you unque and what makes you, YOU. If you copy someone else it’s not you, it’s your attempt to be them. Thanks so much for this great reminder. We can all admire other writers but we can’t be them.

    .-= Amanda Evans´s last blog ..3 Things All Freelancers Need To Do =-.

    • Hi Amanda,

      I hope things are going well over at your site with the new design and concept. I enjoy heading over there with each post!

      I agree, while imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, it really does nothing for us in terms of moving our writing forward!


  6. You got me! great headline George. Been reading you comment on another site, smallbizbee, very pithy. Finding your own voice can be difficult for new writer like myself. Your advice “get a belt” is well taken. I guess the next step is to add your feed and start visiting your site (Promise I won’t copy your voice).


    • Hey Rob,

      Awesome to see you here! Yeah, I’ve been seeing you over at Matt’s site. I love his web site, there’s always something cool to learn over there.

      Thanks for the Twitter follow too. I look forward to hangin’ out with you over there.



  7. Hi George!
    I LOVED this post!
    This may sound cliche, but I really needed to hear this.

    When I’m writing, sometimes I get the feeling I should try to be more “hip” or more “groovy”. You know, like sparkly writing or to try to be “out of the box”. But, to be honest, those pants don’t fit me.

    Trying not to sound stuffy or aloof, I’m an intellectual and savor beautiful and eloquent writing. In fact, a few days ago I spent a couple of hours reading old Civil War letters to their beloved mates back home. The letters filled my cup. And your post here reminds me to remember who I am.

    I might like to read groovy outlandish prose, but that’s not ME. I’m more of a pressed and ironed button-down girl than I am a overall-wearin’ chick with my boxers sticking out.

    Great writing and post, George. I savor your site.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Smiley =-.

    • Lorilicious!

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Savory? I’ll take that!

      Knowing who you are is half the battle, right? I bet it would be very moving to read those civil war era letters I’m sure they were touching.

      Personally, I love the writing style you put out there. Your site is always a pleasure to visit, because the writing is very real, informal and heart-felt. And THAT… is as good as it gets.


      • Awww, thanks, George. Coming from you, that really means a lot. I very much admire your writing style and your whole approach to writing.

        I’ll be seeing you soon!
        .-= Lori´s last blog ..Smiley =-.

    • Heather!

      Hope the re-branding is going well!

      Pshaw, girl. You ain’t got a single stand of fool DNA in ya!

      Folks, go over and see what Heather is up to!!!!


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    • Matt,

      Oh, man. I am laughin’. It WAS a bit tough finding an image. I googled “pants hips image” “pants butt image” (don’t go there) and finally had to settle for “pants image”.

      Cheers, buddy.


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