We now turn to the last of The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing: Writing by inspiration, rather than controlling the performance of the tale. It’s at this hurdle that many writers come a cropper.
Why? Because of one word. A four-letter word. A four-letter “F-word.” Fear.
Fear of failure. Writingfailure. This is not a natural fear. Many of us can recall the proud day when we first wrote one of our own ideas. (Or, our children’s first writing experiences.) Often, the first composition is an early school assignment, lovingly illustrated in crayon by the young child. No fear there. Here is what I remember:
By the time I was four years old, I had learned to read and write. Then I started kindergarten, and made my first new acquaintance: a school bus seatmate, who was a little blond boy named Danny. I don’t recall what we…
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