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As it’s my one hundredth and eleventy fifth birthday today, I thought I might do a quick check. There is an old joke about a Jewish man being knocked down by a car and when he gets up he blesses himself by making the sign of the cross. The driver of the car at first checks that the man is not hurt and when he discovers that the man he hit is uninjured, the confusion hits him.
“You’re Jewish?” He enquires, observing the obvious from the man’s attire. When the man tells him that he is indeed Jewish, the driver of the car then asks why he blessed himself to which the Jewish man answers,
“Bless myself? I didn’t bless myself! I was just checking.” The driver asks what he was checking.
“Spectacles, testicles, heart and wallet”
I’m a bit like that these days. As the years pass, I have…
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In seeking content for this blog, I started looking at what others have suggested for writers … and this weird mocking voice started in my head. Some of these “rules” are … uh, comical because they’re the exact opposite of what professionals consider to be good writing. Just because a writer has a particular bad habit that they don’t want to give up doesn’t mean they should advise others to copy them.
One blog suggested not to start a story with a dark or scary beginning. “You should begin with the hero at home in a lovely bucolic setting before you douse them in tension or tragedy.”
Think Dorothy in Kansas before the tornado changes her reality or Bilbo at Bags End before the dwarfs show up. Both of those books were written more than 50 years ago, before the advent of Amazon’s preview feature.
You might have noticed, if…
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