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Further Conversation about the “Rules of Writing” . . .


This Blog Conversation began on October 15th and continued on Oct. 17th19th, 22nd, and 24th… Rules of writing

Scanning those previous posts and reading the

BlockQuotes

will show you the range of ideas we’ve covered so far in this discussion…

One critical idea I’ve shared in all those past posts is from author C. J. Cherryh:

No Rule Should Be Followed Off a Cliff.

Do you think that’s important in writing…?

Perhaps you’d share an experience you (or, a writer friend) has had in following a “rule” off a “cliff”…

We had only one reader comment on the last post; but, that’s all that’s needed to take us forward :-)

The comment is from an accomplished author from Australia:

“I think that when a writer meets with ‘synchronicity’ it indicates that somehow the writer has accessed an inner world that has moved beyond fear and is putting them in touch with their own authenticity. They are then writing from that authentic place, and although some external rules may be helpful, it is not the rules that are steering the boat, it is their inner compass :-) “

The idea of synchronicity was brought up in the post on the 24th because an image I’d used had been used by our commenter from Germany; but, she’d used it in a post of her own on the rules of writing, Before she’d seen the post here…

Technically, the bit about synchronicity in the 24th’s post was about a  non-causal connection ( a “meaningful coincidence” ) between two writers—not about synchronicity in the writing process itself; yet, our author friend from Australia is bringing it straight into the activities writer’s use to get words on the page…

I’ll attempt an example of synchronicity in the act of writing:

I sit down to write the scene in a story I’m making up for my grandson’s birthday (something hopefully fun and different, to go with his money gift)—his mother, my daughter, has dared me to write it; but, I’m not too sure I can… Her willingness to read the story aloud at the party convinces me to give it a valiant try…

The scene I’m working on deals with the main character discovering his life’s work through a discussion with an old man in a cafe…

I’m interrupted by a call from my best friend, inviting me, out of the blue, to our favorite coffee shop to meet a famous author…

While enjoying our beverages and chatting merrily away, this famous, yet aged, author says something that deeply assures me that writing is actually my life’s work…

The synchronicity is the story’s character in their cafe and me in my favorite coffee shop—plus, of course, the old men and the revelation of a life’s work…

So, that’s, hopefully, a “story” that might “light up” what our author friend from Australia spoke of as synchronicity indicating “that somehow the writer has accessed an inner world that has moved beyond fear and is putting them in touch with their own authenticity“.

But, let’s not forget the confirming thought in our commenter’s statement, that even if we’re using a few rules for our writing, “it is not the rules that are steering the boat, it is their inner compass“—the compass needle guided by the synchronicity that links us to our deepest authenticity…

Well

If all those ideas don’t encourage someone to share a comment, all the readers of this blog must be on a vacation :-)
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6 responses to “Further Conversation about the “Rules of Writing” . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen October 27, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Getting in touch with ones inner authenticity is important. I believe writers often reach down into this well of creativity. The question is if they can stand by what they have written or if they turn to rules after writing and delete what doesn’t conform to them.

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