And then there was the bad writing. . .

by | Apr 22, 2006 | Blog | 1 comment

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?

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