Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Writing Seals Your Fate


“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are” – W. Somerset Maugham

writing_kills The pen is mightier than the sword at high velocities and distances greater than 10 feet, or in the hands of synchronicity.

Authors of fiction rarely consider the existential threats involved with writing.  There are too many empirical threats.  Poverty, for instance, followed by starvation.  Insanity, eviction, divorce, and self-loathing rank pretty high in the pragmatic list of dangers imminent in the life of letters, as well.  Once committed to our art, we shouldn’t overly concern ourselves with such obvious pitfalls as poor career choices, bad credit, the predicted death of the print medium, or the unbalanced economics of blogging.  These simply come with the territory.  If you’re pyrophobic, you don’t become a firefighter.  By the same token, if you feel an overwhelmingly powerful need to eat or pay your bills…

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