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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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Writing is an Art (not a craft). This is because Lexical Art is begotten of the same parents – Cognitive and Emotive Communication – as its siblings, Visual and Musical Art. The Three Children of Communication share similar features, to greater or lesser degrees.
Writing shares with Music rhyme and rhythm, which are evident in prose, poetry, drama and song. Writing and Music also employ writing instruments, ink and paper, analog, magnetic and digital media, to record words and notes, using languages specific to each Art. Works of both of these Arts can be memorized, to be shared at other times and places.
Painting and Drawing also share with Writing the use of instruments, pigment, paper and electronic media. In the performance of an instrumentalist or a dancer, Music shares the three dimensions with the Visual Art of Sculpture.
Two or three Communication Arts frequently are used together in the same Work, and they can disseminate messages very quickly, very widely…
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