I liked your blog, and I agree with Franklin’s secret sauce: obsession. Nothing hard can be achieved without it. Therefore I allow myself to be obsessed, and I read all advice I can find on how to get better as a writer. Sometimes I even come up with some advice of my own.

That Benjamin Franklin, with his pedigree of accomplishments provides valuable lessons is not a surprise to me. But I don’t agree with the statement that ‘most writing advice today sucks.’ From Steven King to Kurt Vonnegut to Milan Kundera to E. M. Foster, the grandfather of them all, and even to Reiner Maria Rilke, our world teems with good advice (new and old) from people who are (were) obsessed about writing (and that is outside the recent and overwhelming universe of the Internet).

If unscrambling accomplished texts, and rearranging them in verse form works for you, so much the better. If for others it doesn’t, other practical steps might apply. But in my mind, “keep trying kiddo!” can never be wrong.

Under the pen name Tudor Alexander I have written and published five novels and one collection of short stories. Please visit www.tudoralexander.com.

Under the pen name Tudor Alexander I have written and published five novels and one collection of short stories. Please visit www.tudoralexander.com.