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12 Writing Truisms

12 Writing TruismsSome aspects of writing are more universal than others. Here are just a few truisms that fit most writers.

  1. You’ll always have the best ideas when there’s no pen or paper in sight.
  2. Your desire to be writing increases in direct proportion to your obligations elsewhere. The reverse is also true. The less you have to do, the less you may desire to write.
  3. The first 20,000 words of a novel are the easiest.
  4. Characters sometimes refuse to cooperate, make contrary decisions, fall for the wrong character, and even die without permission.
  5. To have a rich writing life, it helps to have a life (and ongoing experiences).
  6. Inspiration is overrated. A writing practice is not.
  7. The hardest part to write is the middle.
  8. No matter how thoroughly  you check, you’ll always find an error as soon as you hit “send” (or “publish”).
  9. The harder you try to remember that great idea, the more thoroughly you’ll forget it by the time you can write it down.
  10. Writers write because we are compelled to do so. Choice is not always a factor.
  11. Good writing benefits from daydreaming, walking, mindless tasks, and things that hush your frontal lobe but keep your body busy.
  12. There is no one right way to write. There is only the way that works for you.

Agree? Disagree? Have truisms to add? Let us know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “12 Writing Truisms

  1. The funny thing is that I have just now reached the 20,000 word mark and my first thought was, ‘And now the hard part.’ The beginning is over and now for the dreaded middle!

  2. Brilliant, I feel like a bobble head. I can identify with almost every single one of these 🙂 And I agree with Chris in the comments on #13 which is why I just never shut down my computer if I can help it 🙂

    • Mine’s always on, too, Dave. I’ve been known to get up at night to type a few sentences and go right back to sleep. I also keep my notebook and pen under my pillow, lol.

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