Rule Number One: We don't talk about procrastination. Rule Number Two: We don't talk about procrastination...
by Raine (playwright/actor who needs to take her own advice)
In my meandering experience I’ve come to notice that people actually (bated breath) really do (suspensful music) look to help each other (gasp!) - Especially when something common is shared between them. As anyone who's watched Fight Club knows, there are oodles of support groups that humans with like problems can utilize to share their experiences with one another.
Well, in the writing community, we help by repeating to each other what I’ve come to believe are the three most fundamental rules of writing.
- Never not be writing.
- Work off of what you know.
- Oh yeah...write some more!
Yep. That’s really it. It’s a list of quality, not quantity, folks! And trust me, I’m far from the first one to make such a statement. I think Neil Gaiman says it most poignantly, when asked to give advice to young writers:
Prophetically, YouTuber Joshua Viles does a great job of expanding on the same subject.
The long and short of it is that the minute you stop typing/put your pen down/marathon a Season of Doctor Who with a blank MSWord document open (okay, that one’s mostly for me.) the words aren’t getting to a page and the world lacks the brilliance you have to offer.
“Maybe before asking how, we should first ask why. Why, in a world of Star Wars, The Exorcist and Dracula, are we told to write what we know? Because none of those stories would have worked, if there weren't enough of our real lives in them to make them believable.”
However, as Nathan Englander tells bigthink.com, this piece of advice can cause a nervous new playwright to want to implode in upon themselves if misinterpreted. Because of this, we are brought back to the third bullet. No matter what anyone tells you, don’t give up. In the words of Jeff Bowen in his song from [title of show] - “You have a story to tell!”