Wax on, wax off

This is a continuation of the topic of of unlearning how to write poorly.

Mr. Miagi, I want to learn how to write narrative fiction.

Anonymole-son, you must first learn wax on, and wax off. No, no no. Not like that, like this. Ah, better. Now keep going.

(later)

How’s this Mr. Miagi?

Very nice Anonymole-son, you have mastered one of the but many techniques required to write excellent fiction. Now for your next lesson…

 ~~~ Versus ~~~

Mr. Kanloon, I want to learn how to write narrative fiction.

Here’s some paper and a pen. Go for it. A writer writes, am I right or am I write?

(later)

How’s this Mr. Kanloon?

What the fuck is this? This ain’t narrative fiction. This is some dissertation shit or something.

But you said, a writer writes.

Yeah, but this sucks. Now you’re gonna have to unlearn all those ugly bad habits you picked up learning on your own thinking that you could just keep writing and that would somehow cure you of writing like shit. Nope. Wrong-o.

(Sheesh, where’s Mr. Miagi when you need him?)

 


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