Last Word

Let your story bloom in its own time


I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act.  It discharges the tension. 

–Norman Mailer

(Flickr: Justin Otto)

(Flickr: Justin Otto)


This observation by famed playwright Norman Mailer is an important consideration for your writing.

Like flowers that bloom in their own time, giving away the plot or even discussing the bones of your story with a friend or family member can possibly thwart the creative process.

Their thoughts and opinions — or even their silence — could take your narrative places that you never intended.

Resist the urge to spill your secrets anywhere but on the page.

Then let your story blossom — but only after you have properly tended to every detail before its lovely debut.


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