Whether we like it or not, the lives we live are stories. … Stories can be edited. Stories can be fixed. Stories can go from dull to exciting, from rambling to focused, and from drudgery to read to exhilarating to live.**
Your job as a writer is making sentences.
Your other jobs include fixing sentences, and arranging sentences.
If this is the case – making, fixing, killing, arranging –
how can your writing possibly flow?
We can wish it weren’t so,
But to make the improvements we desire to the story we are writing for ourselves
we will need to look beyond the obvious,
Beneath the surface:
The secret to diagnosing the problem with a broken scene lies in the subtext.^^
There we will find
the things we must create, mend, get rid of and rearrange,
Words before phrases, phrases before sentences …
We get the idea.
Even the most broken stories can be improved
with the help of others
and small steps.
Each society and each individual usually explores only a tiny fraction of their horizon of possibility.*^
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home i a new rhythm
For you soul senses the world that awaits you.^*
*The Beatles’ Paperback Writer to listen to;
**Donald Miller’s Hero on a Mission;
^Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several short sentences about writing;
^^Robert McKee‘s newsletter: The Secret to Fixing Broken Scenes;
*^Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens;
^*John O Donohue’s Benedictus: For a New Beginning).