Saturday, April 22, 2006

And then there was the bad writing. . .

Author Bryce Courtenay once asked Stephen King what makes a book good. Bryce probably expected a detailed lesson on writing. But King simply replied, "Bum Glue."

At the 412 Creative Nonfiction Conference last year, I asked author Mary Karr to include a writing tip in my copies of The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Viper Rum. In each book she wrote the same thing, "A** to Chair."

My meditation teacher, Buddhist monk Shinzen Young gave a similar lesson. When asked how he meditates, he replied, "Put your tush to the cush!"

So that's it. That's the true secret of writing. Bum glue. Anyone know where to buy it?

1 comment:

TCI said...

Oh what a brilliant image.... BUM GLUE!

I know what Kyle's saying about it isn't quite that easy, but it's a good start, no? Without the bum glue in the first place, we don't even get to tackle the next layer of writing problems. I mean writing joys.