Must-Haves for a Writer
by Jeremy Gold
I’ll follow a character I have affinity for through a bad plot but not necessarily the other way around. If I don’t care about the protagonist, I have a hard time following him, however good the story is. I like my protagonists upbeat, able, and instilled with a hope of getting better and winning the game. This doesn’t exclude flaws and obstacles to overcome. Nobody’s perfect. It just means...that’s what I like!
The other important component in a novel—that largely gets ignored—is “emotional tone.” All art, whether it be a painting, a movie, a novel, or a song is propelled on a particular emotional level that elicits a response from the audience. That tone can range anywhere from hopelessness and apathy to enthusiasm and exhilaration. The piece could be angry. It could be boring or monotonous. It could be rock-solid serious. It could be mildly cheerful. It could be hostile. Everyone relates more to one level or another.
Other must-haves (in no particular order or importance):
1. A good laptop with an ergonomically compatible keyboard.
2. All work backed-up.
3. A good day job.
4. Thick skin.
8. A good bike.
9. Health—physical and mental.