Friday, November 15, 2013

No Reason Why Not (No-vember Theme) by Bob Krech

I used to have a friend in high school named Peter. Whenever I was with Peter and someone would suggest we do something that would inevitably get us in trouble or injured or a similar result, Peter would smile, shrug, and reply, "No reason why not."
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I loved that phrase and the spirit it encapsulated. I liked it so much I made it the trademark catch phrase for the character of Margaret in my book Love Puppies and Corner Kicks. I have to remind myself to use it myself because I tend to go in the opposite direction and can usually come up with a couple of dozen good reasons "why not" when a suggestion is made or a situation presents itself.

With writing, and the business of writing, "No reason why not" has come in handy. Recently I was offered an opportunity to work with teachers for two days at a local school district. I immediately thought of how I was not really qualified to present on the topics they wanted and how long the sessions were and how I would need a ton of preparation and then I put the brakes on and visualized a more positive experience. They had asked me so they must of thought I could do it. I had time to prepare. I could ask them to shorten the sessions. No reason why not, right? So I did and they did. I was on a "No reason why not" roll so when it came to the fee, I asked for more than I had in the past because I tend to underprice.  And they didn't blink. They just sent the purchase order. It was very cool.

It's happened often enough in my writing too. I have a habit of thinking that I need a solid hour or two to write anything. When I see twenty minutes or half an hour in front of me free, I don't often immediately think of getting some writing done, but when I use the "No reason why not" approach, and sit down for those twenty minutes, often enough, I can get something on the page. It's true for topics too of course. I had an idea for a book recently where I knew nothing about the subject, but it intrigued me. I immediately thought of how I knew nothing about it and could never write in that genre because I had no experience there, blah, blah, etc, etc,  till I went to "NRWN" and just started writing it anyway. And...my editor says he loves the idea and so we're off. No reason why not, right?


8 comments:

  1. I'd like to have a NRWN t-shirt. :)

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  2. Excellent slogan! It makes an instant attitude adjustment.

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    1. I used to design and sell t-shirts and I never thought of that! Thanks for the comments.

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  4. hey nice post mehn. I love your style of blogging here. The way you writes reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: What If We Never Truly Die .
    keep up the good work.

    Regards

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  5. Thanks for the new mantra, Bob. I third the T-shirt idea. :)

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  6. Thanks for the new mantra, Bob. I third the T-shirt idea. :)

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  7. Thanks for the new mantra, Bob. I third the T-shirt idea. :)

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