#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter is a trending hashtag on the internet and one which Jodi Picoult, Amy Tan and others are having fun with...so I thought I'd chime in. After three decades of living the writer's life, I have many more than ten juicy possibilities for this list. But here is my all-time personal favorite.
If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.
What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.
June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.