Monday, November 5, 2018

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Writing Advice from Someone Who Has No Right to Give Writing Advice

By Richard Robbins

My first novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe will be released on November 5, 2018 by Evolved Publishers.  My second novel, Panicles, is schedule for release in the Spring of 2019. Which means that as of 6 months from now, I will have two published novels, the first of which has already received multiple five-star reviews.

The other side of that coin is, that right now, I am an unpublished writer.  I like the sound of the first description better.  But either way, I stand by the title of this post. 

Having properly dispensed with that acknowledgement, I hereby offer the following writing advice.  Heed at your own risk. 

In no particular order, here we go;

Do not write in a room with a dog who likes to be walked every few minutes.

Change the names, genders, and personalities of any character who might remotely be recognized as your children or in laws.

Write what pleases you before listening to other’s opinions.

Mostly ignore other’s opinions.

Don’t let others know that you are ignoring their opinions.

Don’t feel bad about ignoring other’s opinions.

Write how people speak, not how you want them to.

Write before learning how to write, particularly such matters as point of view, the finer points of punctuation, or active versus passive voice.

Learn how to write, particularly such matters as point of view, the finer points of punctuation, and active versus passive voice before sending your book to an editor.

Send your book to an editor.

Listen to your editor.  He is right.  You are wrong.

Except when you’re right, then fight for it.

It will make you feel better.  But, you’re still wrong.

It’s hard to be a grown up.  There are lots of problems and sources of stress to confront on a regular basis.  If your writing brings a moment of joy and relief to one single person, then you’ve made the world a better place.  Rejoice in that fact.

Don’t quit your day job.  Unless you can quit your day job.

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Appreciate all that you have been through, the good as well as the bad.  Writing will force you to do that.

Don’t place too much importance on writing advice from a new author.

I sincerely hope that you’ll find one or more of these tips helpful.  If you do, please let me know at

Love and mercy,

Richard Robbins

About the Author

Richard Robbins has always liked telling good stories, but it was not until his youngest child left for college that he was able to find the time to put them into print.  His first novel, Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes Richard’s Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!).

Richard is currently working on his second novel, Panicles, a multi-generational story of the intersecting fate of two families and the price of fame versus the simpler pleasures of a grounded life.

Richard lives in New York City with his love and inspiration, Lisa, his wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.



About the Book:

Author: Richard Robbins
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Pages: 186
Genre: Literary Fiction

Life is good for Dr. Drew Coleman, a successful young eye surgeon living in Uptown New Orleans, and he knows it. Having met and married his beautiful medical school classmate, Kate, the two settle happily into the routine of raising their two young daughters.

Drew’s charmed life is soon shattered by devastating news, causing him to go on a ten-year transcontinental journey of self-discovery, during which he explores the nature of God and Man, the divine inspiration for many of New York’s landmarks and artistic treasures, and the relationship between the found and the lost souls passing on the street. He meets a number of memorable characters, including the young blue-haired runaway, Blue, who renounced her given name when forced to leave her Minnesota home with her girlfriend, Anna.

In time, he discovers and explains the scientific basis for the meaning of life, and is finally found, or finds himself, setting the stage for a bittersweet and memorable ending.


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