With a 6th grader in the family, complicated math problems have become part of my regular life. Calculating the measurement of the hypotenuse of a right triangle using the Pythagorean Theory was today’s homework challenge. The answer? It’s a number—and that’s not debatable.
In writing, there are theories as well, but their outcome is not as standard as those in algebra. The theory that dialogue tags should not be used unless absolutely necessary. The theory that head-hopping will drive readers crazy. The theory that we need to ‘show’ what our characters are feeling instead of ‘tell.’
Why, then, do some writers ignore these craft theories and still write wonderful, engaging books? Every author looks at their own body of work as a growing, changing, and maturing process. The book I wrote five years ago will look nothing like the book I will write tomorrow.
Is it right to tell new authors to read every book ever written on the craft of writing before they begin their first chapter? Or should we tell them to write what’s in their hearts and worry about the logistics later?
It’s sometimes overwhelming either way, but the one theory almost every author agrees on, is this: write every day, even if you erase most of it the next day. Your writer’s soul will thank you!
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