Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Writer's Secrets for the New Year

So, Mr. Dickens” I said, “you must have taken a lot of time to let all those ideas grow in your mind to produce all the books of yours I’ve read.” I mentally catalogued over a dozen major novels, collections of short stories. The man was a legend.

He set down his pen and stroked his beard. “Not too much I’m afraid.

“Why do you say that?”

“I have a secret plan.”

“Would you be willing to share it?” I thought it might be close to time to make a resolution for the new year. I had no calendar, but I’d been mentally calculating each day since I’d entered the rabbit hole. Four hundred seventy-three and counting. His secret might be a bonanza.

Certainly. “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

Concentrate on one subject at a time. Hmmm… All the while I thought muli-tasking was the apex.

Until next time, that’s it from The Storyman ….