by Robert McEvily
Me? I’ll be honest.
At 49, with 50 looming, I still cling to the hope of writing something
great one day; in the meantime I write for the fun of it; the fun of
watching that blinking cursor on my screen run ahead of thoughts I
didn’t realize were there (until I started typing). For motivation, for
practice, I keep a lengthy “title list:” story-less titles which fill an
entire section of an old 5-subject notebook. Intriguing titles like
“Mullen’s Secret Room” and “Professional Hostages;” catchy titles like
“Flim-Flam” and “Naguchi;” and goofy titles – my favorites – like
“Sheila’s Mother vs. Muhammad Ali” and “The Day Nebraska Farted in
Unison.” The resulting stories occasionally make sense, but mostly
don’t, and I don’t mind at all, because I’ve come to the conclusion that
few things in life are truer than nonsense, and in a world of unknowns,
“write what you know” is useless advice.
Robert McEvily is the creator and editor of Six Sentences.