10 Authorial Rules as I see them.
What follows is my winnowing of Warren Adler’s advice on writing, posted online 3 March 2016.
Perhaps because I fell in love with books when I had yet to read and write, I still had an early and protracted desire to write and ultimately to think of myself as a potential author. I eventually retired early, at sixty, deliberately to have more time for reading and writing though I remained quite involved in other activities – family, church, advocacy, politics, study and related research.
In the process, I realized that I was not interested in writing in order to earn a living or achieve recognition. Rather, my quest was to satisfy myself as to the output and leave some record that would be of lasting connections with family, friends, and other associates. Here is my take on how I align with Adler’s rules.
- Analysis: Keep Moving Toward the Future. Though a possibility exists to write fiction from the glimmer of an idea and follow its blossoming, the power of novels depend on forethought. Under the influence of Ayn Rand, I accept that I must consciously identify what I am saying. This principal requires acknowledgement of the parts (theme, plot, setting, characters, and actions) knitted together and achieving the motive of resolution. In my case, because history is long and the future distant, it takes a long time to establish a full script.
- Rejection: Keep Believing in Your Possibilities. Nontraditional subjects and approaches that I prefer to follow likely do not have wide appeal and are certainly not automatic. Authorship is a calling, one that needs satisfaction. Ideas make the path and endeavor reaches an end, the denouement that sets up the next beginning. Self-publishing is the first step towards outreach.
- Routine: Keep to the Task at Hand While Continuing Informed. Authorship is a constant experiment in seeking and displaying value. With attention, perspective multiplies and broadens.
- Continuance: Keep the Possibilities Going. You may persist through 100 pages before dropping the project. A new idea might turn aside your attention.
- Change: Keep on Embracing Truth to the Self. Changes will continue along the path of enrichment, even after I have already changed aspects of various dimensions. Actually, I accept that changes are largely incidental in the otherwise progressive flow of beliefs, ideas, concepts and commitments. If I am to have any success, changes must fit as they embed in the overall scheme of story, mechanics, and outcome. In short, within consistency, change for the better.
- Opportunity: Keep on Reaching for Pertinence. Risks may come along and taming them into beneficial practicality takes analysis and judgement. Otherwise, be patiently thoughtful, distanced from recklessness.
- Entrepreneurship: Keep a Hold on Self-Publishing. Production of the written word is a business, and the business is to reach the target audience, including the self – first and foremost.
- Destiny: Keep Control in Your Hands. Requirements will require efforts. Results are worth it.
9-10. Primacy: Keep Aim on Being Original. First place requires invention, novelty, and lasting benefit. Invention requires going beyond your own closures. A pioneer benefits the future.