Okay, I’m not sure why the author, Tom Corson-Knowles, even put a number fifteen on his list! I think he could have ended it with the last tip. But #15 says, “When all else fails and they don’t know what to write, professional authors just make something up.”
Ah – I just read the rest of his post, and that was it exactly. He’d titled it “15 success habits” and then he couldn’t come up with another one after 14. So he made something up. Well, I suppose it’s worth repeating.
Creative people, when all else fails, make something up!
I think my brother does this regularly. He is actually very smart, but sometimes when he opens his mouth, I’m not sure what’s going to come out. He knows tons of trivia, but you ask him a question and he doesn’t know the answer, he doesn’t say, “I’ll get back to you.” He just makes something up.
Making things up can be a lot of fun! Of course, there’s a time and a place to do it. Making up something to tell the police officer is “obstruction of justice” and could land you in jail. But if your hero is in a sticky spot and you don’t know how he’s going to get out of it, make something up and move on! You can always come back later and change it. Maybe allowing yourself to invent something will help you solve the problem. Maybe not. But don’t let yourself get bogged down. Use your creativity to keep moving forward.
Okay, that’s the end of his list. What would you add (or subtract) from it?