WRITING TIP: If you don’t know what happens next, you’re doing something right

Writing and life have a lot in common. You can do it by a formula, the way others say it’s supposed to be done, or you can trust the process and step into the unknown, curious about what will emerge from a place other than logic and willing to be surprised. In speaking about our lives as a story with a plot, mythologist Joseph Campbell also gives great advice for writing: “…when you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it’s a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect. So I have a theory that if you are on your own path things are going to come to you. Since it’s your own path, and no one has ever been on it before, there’s no precedent, so everything that happens is a surprise and is timely.”