My Way or the Highway: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

So here we are again, you crazy kids! It’s time for another week’s worth of advice via Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. This week I’m going mix it up a little bit. I thought I’d just talk about the concept of advice in general.

Reading through my fellow Naughty Quills past posts, I’d say we all have a ton of thoughts about the craft of writing, how to relate to our readers, how to market to people, etc. Not all of it in agreement with each other, either. Each of us, through personal experimentation have found what I’d like to refer to as “our personal truth”… not to get all weird and existential on you.

What I mean to say is that we’ve all got our own style. It’s been developed over time and will probably continue to be tweaked as we continue on this journey. By no means are any of us saying, it’s “my way or the highway” as the title suggests. That’s just a super dramatic title and it’s totally catchy, right?



Going forward, I’ve decided that my posts will be more in the tone of “this is what I think about this” rather than suggestions or advice. I urge you… as the last bit of “advice” that you’ll see from me here to do the following:

When you have a question, quandry, or a concern about anything… look for answers. Research. Get as much information as you can about a topic and then wade through it. Take as many credible sources as you can, compare.. contrast. Then pick the thing that you think will work for you. Then do that thing. If that doesn’t work, re-evaluate the situation and KEEP TRYING.


This is a creative industry above all else. There’s really a lot of leeway in how we accomplish this amazing thing that we’re doing. My editing style or character development spreadsheet might not work for you. That’s OKAY.

We are the sum of our experiences and.. depending on what yours are, there’s a good chance our totals just aren’t going to match. What’s important is that you’re asking questions, seeking answers, and ultimately finding the solutions that work for you.

Next week I’ll be talking about something less abstract. Swearsies. I’m thinking it will be stand-alones vs. series vs. serials.  Hope to see you next week!


Michelle Roth


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About Michelle Roth

Michelle Roth is a novelist from the Great White North (Toronto, ON). When she’s not disappearing into foreign lands, or making two perfect strangers that she invented fall in love, she’s probably curled up somewhere with a glass of wine and a good book. In her spare time she is typically hanging out with her awesome boyfriend and their two equally awesome cats. She likes taking road trips to nowhere in particular, cooking elaborate meals then making other people do the dishes, and being nerdy on the internet. Her books are currently available on

4 thoughts on “My Way or the Highway: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth

  1. Love it, Michelle. So true. We all have our own way of doing things. Every single one of us. There is no “One true way” and there never will be. That’s what makes writing so amazing – the differences. 🙂 ❤


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