Friday, May 28, 2010


"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."  ~E.L. Doctorow

Instead of thinking of writing as a chore, just remember how fun it is to be schizophrenic in a socially acceptable way.  If you write of an incredibly evil, chilling, mastermind villain, people will praise you.  You're an excellent storyteller, an incredible writer...  You can write about crime and murder without people wondering whether they need to put you in a straight jacket.  You can be a supermodel, a teenager, an alien, a villain, and a hero all in a days work.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  Imagine the possibilities!

Today's Topic:  Does the first line of your project (novel/paper/short story) pass the "Airport Test?"  That is, if someone was browsing an airline bookstore and read the first line of your novel, would they buy it?  Make your first line the hook that snags your reader, and don't let go until the end of your story.

Just do it write now.