RANDALL'S TOP SUGGESTIONS
(Bits and pieces that I have learned the hard way.)
- THE FIRST AND LAST LAW OF FICTION
Never write anything that does not ADVANCE plot or ENHANCE character.
- CHEKHOV'S COROLLARY
If you have a gun placed on the mantle it had better go off by the end of the play.
- THE CORONER'S COROLLARY
Learn the fine art of murdering your children. Eeeeuuu!
- THE COOK'S THEOREM
Quit when you're ahead - too many rewrites over-thicken the plot. Know thyself and know when to quit.
- THE DIRECTOR'S LAW
Enter a scene after it's already begun.
- THE RANDALL RULE
Stories are like fine wines - choose yours carefully and once you uncork the bottle, finish it - unless it was a bad year in which case at least use it for vinegar.
- THE THEORY OF RELATIVE COOLNESS
Retaliate with caution. The best way to save face is to keep the lower end of it closed.
- THE TEACHER'S CONUNDRUM
FASGAP - Forget About Spelling, Grammar And Punctuation.
Get the damn thing written!
- PLATT'S PRINCIPLE
Reference your fiction as you would nonfiction. You will be challenged.
- THE AUDIO AXIOM
Learn the value of the Audio Daily Double - read your work aloud - twice -
once to yourself and once to someone else who cares.
- THE WE'RE-IN-THIS-TOGETHER PROPOSITION
Network - join something, write letters, read the trades, team up, share thyself.
- THE GINKGO BILOBA COMPOUND
Only Nat King Cole could pull off 'Unforgettable!' Write it down NOW! No matter how 'unforgettable' it is, you'll forget it.
- THE DIVISIVE, DECISIVE MOVEMENT
A body that is in motion tends to stay in motion: In other words:
the wrong decision is better than no decision.
- THE FINAL FORMULA
Persistence + Luck + Love + Talent + Professionalism - Pessimism - Excuses =