I was skeptical about this article, because, having read several of Rand’s novels, there are qualities in her writing I know I DON’T want to emulate. After all, the purpose of most of her novels was to explain her Objectivist philosophy. However, I agree with her about the need for conflict as fundamental to a good story.
I’ve often seen the quotation from The Innocents Abroad, “If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, pledge him to keep a journal a year.” Rarely, though, is the context given, and it’s a funny scene. Twain has a conversation early in the trip with Jack, a fellow traveler, who’s keeping a notebook full of all…
Love this! One of the most interesting hotel breakfasts I ever had was at a motel just outside the Grand Canyon. I couldn’t country the different languages I heard that morning! It was really a crossroads of cultures.
The title attracted me because I, too, fear the blank page! Thank you for this reflection. I think the most powerful sentence is this: “I’ve simply begun”.
I think your idea is awesome! It looks like you can add tags when you get ready to publish if you’re using the app. When you get ready to publish, click on “publish” and there’s a pop-up that asks if you want to add tags, and that’s where you do it. Add that tag! It will be interesting to see who plays along!