A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook:
“Grab the nearest book. Flip to page 117. The second sentence. This is your life in 2017.”
The first book I grabbed was Shrunk & White’s Elements of Style, which is only 85 pages, so I looked to the right and pulled Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer from under a stack of papers.
My passage read: All such easy and minor exercises are excellent for you if you really want to write.
Can it really be as simple as doing the exercises? Not just any exercise, but the easy and minor exercises. So this will be my year.
Doing the exercises. Doing the work of the writer. I can live with that.
And I can think of no better place to start than revisiting Dorothea’s timeless classic.
If you haven’t read it, I invite you to read-a-long with me.