The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, October 20, 2015:

“Get it down.  Take chances.  It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

William Faulkner  

This is one of the reasons writers keep some form of pen and paper with them at all times (although nowadays it may be a Smartphone instead, or something electronic).  Sometimes it may be bad, but it’s also just as likely that it could be good — or will lead to something good if we write through and into the thought or idea.

A word of advice: don’t throw anything away (or delete it).  It may be that sentence, that chance, can be used in something else, even if it’s years later.  I have folders of slips of papers I’ve collected that have sometimes prompted a new story or essay when I go through them again.  Sometimes the mind or the imagination can be something of a prophet and can present the seed of a story years before we realize it.  That’s how my first novel started.  It took 20 years from the first idea to the finished product, but the book — the story, the characters — would not have happened if I’d thrown away that first little piece of paper.

So take those chances.  Bad or good, it’s still a step forward, and that’s always a good thing.

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