T is Turn on the Faucet by Sandy Stuckless #AtoZChallenge

What is April A to Z?

Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers.

To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then visit as many other bloggers as you can. For the 4th year in a row, the StoryDam’s theme is writing and inspiration from our Story Dam community. We hope you enjoy them!

T is Turn on the Faucet

“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour

That quote from Louis L’Amour is one of my favorites. If you take its obvious meaning, it says to just start. Don’t wait until inspiration strikes, or the muse is sitting on your shoulder like a loving pet, or the situation to be perfect for you to start. The truth is, the situation will never be perfect. There will always be distractions, interruptions, etc. Something that demands your attention over writing. This ties into another of my favorite quotes by Nora Roberts.

You can’t edit a blank page.

Nora’s quote leads nicely into another reason why I love Louis’s quote. My process, like many writers involves not knowing even a fraction of a story before starting. Most times, all I have is a snappy bit of dialog, or a vague conflict concept. Does that mean I don’t put pen to paper until I know more?

Heck no!

Brainstorming for me is half the fun. When I’m starting to get into the meat of a piece I write in one liners. The five ‘W’s are my best friend. And I often discard half of what I write because as I’m digging into the story, the characters, the plot, the setting, something better always comes up.

To completely mess around with the metaphors, I’m switching from running water to fruit. You can’t eat the rough outer skin of a pineapple, but damn, the meat underneath is sweeeeet. Sometimes you have to work past the rough parts to get to the good stuff.

So, what does this all mean for you, the one who is afraid to start? Like my pal Louis says: Start writing no matter what. The water doesn’t flow until the faucet is turned on.

Bio: Sandy Stuckless writes in fantasy, sci-fi, and a little paranormal. He enjoys outdoorsy stuff like camping, hiking, and throwing snowballs at his kids. He lives with his family in Toronto. You can find his work here:
To learn more about him and his work, connect with him on Twitter @SandyRStuckless and his
Facebook Author Page.


For more A to Z Posts, check out the #StoryDam Team Member Blogs:

Patricia Lynne is blogging about “Strange Feelings” for her 2017 A to Z theme.
Tui Snider shares daily “Homemade Creativity Memes” featuring her iPhone photos for this year’s challenge.

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.


  1. I love your comparison to the pineapple and getting to the “fruit” of the story. I have definitely always been taught that you should start by just writing and then work on editing out anything not helpful to the story. The quote you shared is particularly great. I’ll have to remember that. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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