Go Home and Write!

maria-headshot-with-glassesHave you heard the story about a well accomplished, famous author who held a writing workshop?   Thousands of edu-hungry students applied; only 300 were accepted.

The students arrived on day 1 with their pencils in hand, eager to learn the secrets of the great author.  Once they were all seated, the great author strutted to the front of the classroom, and said “You all signed up to learn how to be great writers.  What are you doing here?  Go home and write!”  And then he left.

I suppose the moral of that story is that if you want to be a writer, or anything else for that matter, then just do it!  But, I have some questions……

First, I understand the concept of “just go home and write.”  After all, thinking about writing isn’t going to get you any closer to creating that great novel.  You have to just WRITE, damn it!  But, I’d like to learn about beginning a story, structuring a novel, the best way to hook the reader, how to write delicious descriptions, ones that draw a picture in the readers mind.  I’d like to learn the ins and outs of a tightly written chapter, and all those other things you can only learn about in school, like prose, grammar, prepositions, etc.

I suppose I’ll keep writing, and eventually my talent will come through, and I’ll finish that great novel one day.  But maybe I should go back to school……

Spunk xxoo

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