Why is it my wife will always come home with a lottery ticket in a jackpot week? Statistically speaking, she is more likely to die in the car on the way to the shop than she is to win the $30 million draw.
Why do non-writers think writing is quick? “That should only take you five minutes” are words that drive me batty with the sheer lack of appreciation it shows for what needs to happen before a single word touches paper.
One of the most common mistakes of the amateur in any creative field is to assume the rules can be broken. Or worse, ignored. Never mind all those hours of study to master written grammar or artistic composition or the structure of a symphony. To them, that’s just too much hard work delaying the realisation of their genius.
Why is writing no longer considered an art form? When did writing a novel, the study of grammar or the craft of copy writing become separated from the broader creative arts — even literature itself? Because if you were to go into certain bookshops these days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the creation of all those books was a guilty secret.