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17 September 2012 @ 08:52 am
On Writing Badly  
I'm slowly teaching myself to do the kind of writing that selling an ebook needs.

It strikes me that I actually dislike what most people have to say, in most situations, most of the time, verbally and in print.

Which would explain why, when I write naturally, they usually seem to feel similarly about me.

Okay. That's not a "fix everything" solution or anything, but it's probably a better assumption to start from when I sit down to write. I think it even gives me some partial solutions, if I squint sideways at it.

Good. I can do that.
IANALqueen_elvis on September 17th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I suggest reading a lot of the kind of writing you want to produce.
Noahangelbob on September 17th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That's part of the problem. I'm in a niche where most of the writing really sucks, especially the sales copy.

One of my buyers recently said my ebook was "the best book on programming Ruby he had read." That struck me as unrealistically high praise until I surveyed the competition. Now I'm a bit depressed about it.

Their sales copy is worse. So is mine.
IANALqueen_elvis on September 17th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an opportunity to me!
Noahangelbob on September 17th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, it is. And I'm making a bit of money, and expect to make more. But "read a lot of their writing" is going to be a mixed solution ;-)
IANAL: avatarqueen_elvis on September 17th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think I was unclear up there. By "the kind of writing you want to produce," I meant "the kind that you think is good," not "stuff in the same genre." I think my writing is better when I'm reading good writers rather than, say, Piers Anthony novels.
Noahangelbob on September 17th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's fair.

I've actually subscribed to several people who write good sales email with that in mind.

It's gonna take me awhile before I'm Ramit Sethi. But I'm barely in his target audience and I keep feeling the urge to buy. So he's probably who I should be reading :-)
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on September 18th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
I am both sad and amused for you!
rbus: monsterrbus on September 17th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
"...I actually dislike what most people have to say..."

i don't like this very much!
Noah: face with goateeangelbob on September 17th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hah! In your face, rest of the world!