The second rule for a writing class is: You do ask questions.
Third rule for a writing club: you jump every daft hurdle the tutor sets, and follow whatever convoluted directions she or he gives.
Fourth rule: you write for as long as it takes to say what you find yourself trying to say.
Fifth rule: you don’t allow yourself to hear the voice of that critic who sits behind your shoulder whispering disparaging comments about your ability to be inspired, to transcribe ideas or complete a piece of writing.
Sixth rule: there is only you and your writing implements.
Seventh rule: castles in the air are desirable residences.
And the eighth and final rule: even if this is your first time in a class, you have to write.
So now you know the rules.
What’s stopping you?
You are Writer Club people. There is a Tyler Durden waiting to break out of your sensible or otherwise lives. Set them free. Those thoughts you’ve nurtured for so long about setting aside time to write, are ripe. Don’t waste this potent moment.
There’s no way to break this news gently: it is nearly Autumn. Now’s The Time – get on-line and sign up for a class or group near you.
With apologies to Chuck Palahniuk, whose film and novel, Fight Club, have provided me with hours of entertainment.