Terrible works have value too

In a blog post, writer William Cane gives the best advice, in my opinion, on style. He says that you should read everything. Whether it is an incredible piece, or an absolutely terrible one, read it. By reading the best, the worst, and everything in between, you not only learn what you want to do, but also what you don’t want to do. A lot of writers can say they don’t want to write terrible work, but if we don’t see what terrible work is, how will we know what to avoid. Not only will we figure out what we want and don’t want in our writing, we will also figure out what kind of writer we are. By reading many different styles, we can slowly work to figure out what we are most comfortable writing.


One thought on “Terrible works have value too

  1. nastashatorrez April 27, 2015 / 6:41 am

    That is great advice. It’s funny you mention it because one of the UCF professors does just what you recommend. The professor would talk about good and bad examples for us to recognize the difference. Her favorite punching bag for the terrible work examples were all from 50 Shade of Gray. I hope that by doing so she persuaded many students to stay far away from the “books” as possible while also ensuring we never write so poorly.


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