Michael Lee West
3 Writing Rules
byon May 30th, 2011 at 07:53 AM (335 Views)
[CENTER]There are many writing rules. One rule is, "Never start a sentence with 'there.'"
Okay, I just broke that rule.
But if you want to know my three inviolable rules, they're pretty simple.
Writers can learn from the ladybug. Sheís no bigger than a polka-dot, but she keeps going even if the wind is blowing like crazy.
She's determined, disciplined, and focused.
She might not have lunch with the girls. She might poke around on her flower.
Because you never know when something wonderful might happen.
Writers can also learn from weeds.
A weed is persistentÖ
and it isnít deterred by an inhospitable environment.
[SIZE=5]Nature shows us three writing secrets: [/SIZE][/CENTER][LIST=1]<LI style="TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal>Determination. <LI style="TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class=MsoNormal>Discipline. [*]Focus [CENTER][URL="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U-sEbLrUXgY/TeM0M8KZqiI/AAAAAAAAARg/8Z-HrEzfYpc/s1600/dreamstimefree_641911.jpg"][IMG]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U-sEbLrUXgY/TeM0M8KZqiI/AAAAAAAAARg/8Z-HrEzfYpc/s640/dreamstimefree_641911.jpg[/IMG][/URL][/CENTER][/LIST][CENTER]To be sure, if you want to write a novel, itís a good idea to learn storytelling skills (plot, character, dialogue, viewpoint, etc), but itís even more critical to understand the foundation beneath the foundation. A novelís structure holds a book together; but what holds the writer together?
She needs roots, or she's gone baby, gone.
Because sooner or later, the writer will hit a snag. This usually happens at the one-third mark in a novel--I call it the sticky, Iím-Starting-Over syndrome. It can happen to a poem, short story, painting, or a blog post. It strikes without warning, leaving you with I-Hate-This-itis. Your internal gardener will demand justice. "Yank it up!"
Craft is like Queen Anne's Lace--resilient, upright, attractive. Roots give the plant a strong foundation. And you, the courageous ladybug, will keep going.