Another NaNoWriMo encouragement post!
It has been my happy lot in life to be fairly “well-connected.” Among my most prized connections is that my mother’s former college roommate is a very successful author and happens to be married to another very successful author. I had the privilege of visiting with them over a long weekend in high school and of the many things we did and talked about, one was watch the 1987 blockbuster smash Throw Momma From the Train.
This, I was told, is a must-see movie for every aspiring author. It has fundamental truths presented in both the positive imperative and the exemplary negative. I now pass on to you, from the notes I found from years ago, the top ten things every author should know after watching this film.
- A writer writes. Always.
- Write about what you know.
- If you don’t know, learn.
- You have to have a motive.
- Never, ever worry about finding “the perfect word.” You can use a thesaurus later. Just write.
- Never leave your car lights on if you’re drinking on a beach at night. (Actually, that’s a good rule for just about anyone.)
- Even if your (one) book is a bestseller, you’re not going to afford a beach house in Hawai’i and diamond earrings.
- The same situation told by different authors often turns into completely different stories.
- Never, ever read classic picture books as part of foreplay. Ever.
- A writer writes, always. Ergo, if you’re not writing, you’re not a writer. (Yes, I did use that one twice, but it’s the important message of the film.)