Linda Maye Adams

Rule N: Never look desperate when it comes to writing


Linda’s Rules of Writing

Close up of a little dog stand on hind legs and begging, against a red background

Begging is cute on a dog, most of the time anyway, but smacks of desperation from a writer.

We’re onto the letter N in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and it’s never to look desperate.  Sort of like Gibb’s rule to never apologize.

This one was inspired by a review request I got.  The writer was emailing me blindly because I had a blog.  He didn’t notice I didn’t do book reviews, nor did he notice what I read, nor did he notice how to spell my name correctly.  Honestly, Linda Adams — is that hard to spell?!

Desperation comes in many forms.  It’s the writer begging for reviews like above.  It’s the writer spamming strangers on Twitter. It’s the writer slipping a manuscript under a bathroom stall to the agent inside.  It’s the writer willing to lie to an agent to get what is needed.

It’s tough getting published, and there’s a lot of competition.  Only about 5 percent get an agent’s interest and 1 percent of that gets to a publisher.  It is enough to make people desperate to be seen.  But if the story doesn’t work, fancy tricks aren’t going to sell it.  Desperation just plain looks bad.

What’s your gripe about desperate writers?

14 Comments

  1. Good advice! Thanks for your rules. They are clear, well-written, and filled with writerly wisdom.

    Like

  2. Hello, Linda! This is a great tip. Desperation is never smells pretty, especially not in writers! It reeks of zero confidence and unpreparedness.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

    Like

    • Or overconfidence or eagerness, too.

      Like

  3. Great blog! Very good insights 🙂 I’ll keep checking back.
    Happy A to Z!

    Like

    • Thanks for stopping by Tarkabarka!

      Like

  4. Sue

    Visiting from A-Z Challenge
    good post
    people like that will never get published – it’s all in the details 😀

    Like

  5. Funny pic! I don’t know enough about desperate writers, but your images are very vivid.

    Like

    • I try. 🙂 Picking pictures is fun!

      Like

  6. Stand tall. Never let them see you sweat. Smile – makes them wonder what you’re up to 🙂
    Stopping by from A-Z. Great to meet you!

    Like

    • Thanks for stopping by, Carol. I’m now past the halfway point!

      Like

  7. Enjoyed your comment, and something for me to think about! Thank you so much!

    Like

  8. I’m enjoying your rules. I’m not a writer but if I ever wanted to write your blog would be the best place for advise!
    Connie
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

    Like

%d bloggers like this: