Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 39, the writing prompt is:
Words to Live By
This is one of those topics that seems to have no clear interpretation. Does it mean quotations? Words of wisdom? Good books? I live by words, yet words to live by conjures such massive chaos of possibilities that I’m struck dumb.
Okay, I found my tongue. (Whaddya know, it was in my mouth all the time.)
I still can’t think of one or even several sets of words that by themselves are sufficient to live by. Not even one or two books that cover everything. So, a few random bits of flotsam and jetsam that happen to pop into my head.
- The Golden Rule is certainly full of words that are great to live by.
- Love thy neighbor as thyself? Nope, I’m not a good enough person to live by this rule.
- When it comes to writing romance, I rely on the maxim that men and women and infinitely more alike than we are different.
- The same is true for people from other cultures. Most people want pretty much the same things I/we do. People from crime-ravaged ghettos? Or our enemy, whomever the leaders say that is at the moment? They aren’t the animals TV and movies portray them to be.
- When people diverge from the above, a few reasons are mental problems like psychopathy or (and this is a bigger one, because it involves crowds, not individuals) when people become sheep and turn over their thinking to a politician, set of beliefs, or ‘strong man’ (or woman). Every historic evil arises from beliefs run amok — and our best institutions, such as religion and love of country, are most easily perverted.
I guess maybe I do have some adages to live by. Four of them, in fact:
- Think for yourself!
- Think of others, not only yourself!
- Be ever watchful for intolerance and evil hiding inside our best impulses and in what we allow to happen. Evil isn’t out there in a tower somewhere, or in another nation or ethnic group. It’s inside us!
- Most important of all: buy my books!
What about you?
What are your words to live by? Check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop, some of whom are bound to be far wise than I.