When all else fails, read the directions.
But what do you do when the directions fail? Well, if you’re me, you throw them out and do it your own way.
Tuesday morning, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to make Twitter and Word Press “play nice” with each other. I read the help page. I followed the directions. It didn’t work. I tried again. And again. And again. And… You get the idea. And finally I closed that tab and did what I should have done in the first place and… voila! A Twitter feed!
So much for following the directions.
I should have known that, though. Way back in the Dark Ages when VCRs were the only way to record your favorite TV shows I tried to install one. There was a very nice instruction manual with it that showed how to connect it. Forty five minutes into the process I threw the manual across the room and in less than five minutes the VCR was connected and working.
Writing is a lot like that.
Do a quick search and you will find list after list of things you must do when writing a novel. You will find just as many lists of things that you absolutely must not ever do when writing a novel.
Combine them into a single Word doc and read them again.
Print them out.
Then crumble them up and throw them across the room.
And then write.