How To Write
29th March, 2016
I have updated, added to and hopefully improved my above piece on my Tich Ennis blog and enclose a printed copy for you here.
In amending this article I sometimes wrote a paragraph, considered it and deleted it. Editing is part of writing. Editing means improving and simplifying. This can mean removing whole sentences, as well as reordering paragraphs, or whatever.
The piece should flow easily. I think I more or less said everything I have to say on the subject in the above as it now stands. I could have added, if you want to write, you will.
A poem about a country churchyard includes these lines, what mute inglorious Miltons here may lie? People who could have been poets, but weren’t. Because they didn’t do it.
Robert Louis Stevenson said of all sad words of tongue or pen the saddest are these, it might have been. Don’t let that be you! A pop songs says, there’s nothing to it but to do it. You’ve got to have heart. Courage.
Don’t be a wannabe! Do it. You won’t regret it. You will if you don’t. Start before you are ready. A taxi driver in Dublin wrote a novel while waiting for fares. Lee Dunne, Goodbye to the Hill. Quite readable, and published.
Best wishes in your endeavours,
David (Tich) Ennis