There are three rules for writing the novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
Writing workshops or conferences include at least one session on the three essentials of writing. Instructors offer a variety of suggestions from their experiences. If applied, those guidelines should prepare the attendees to write the next best seller.
A cough creeps up my dry throat as I scribble notes in a workshop . I sip water, chew mints, and sip more water to avoid coughing during the intense moments. Eyes forward, I strain to lip read as the presenter, head down, stares at the floor and whispers the secret to writing a best-selling novel. Stillborn words are buried in the carpet. Silence envelops me with disappointment like reading a book with the last pages missing.
I stuff notes in my tote bag. BME—my reminder from a previous conference—catches my attention. Move over, Mr. Maugham. I’ve found the three basics for writing a best-selling novel.
#1 – Beginning
#2 – Middle
#3 – End
Whether I succeed as a novelist or settle in my comfortable niche as a short-story author and memoirist, I echo William Somerset Maugham’s sentiments.
Writing is the supreme solace.