Sunday, April 13, 2014

the four basic truths of writing

There are few things in life we can count on. The rest is pretty much up to us.

We can pretty sure that the sun will rise in the east,

that the tide will recede on time,

and that spring will eventually get here.

The universe pretty much follows the rules and Mother Nature does her best to stay on schedule. This is good. It means less for us to worry about because, God knows, we have enough to worry about without having to supervise the cosmos.
If you're a writer and you're in the business of creating your own universe, you have plenty to worry about: the story arc, the plot line, characters, and setting. Grammar. Punctuation. Deadlines. Burn out.
Thankfully, if you want to write a book, the rules are fairly basic: 
  • If you don't try, you'll always wonder how good it might have been.
  • If you don't start, you'll never finish.
  • If you don't finish it, you'll never publish it.

  • If you don't publish it the first time around, you can always begin again...

    Speaking of spring, right now in central Pennsylvania, the temperature is 70 degrees, the wind is calm, and the moon is full. Enjoy!