Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
When I was in my midtwenties and my mother was in her late sixties, she called me at work. I was the business manager of a nonprofit, deep in a month-end reconciliation.
“I need to see you,” she said. “It’s urgent.”
I grabbed my purse and ran for the door, pausing only to poke my head into my boss’s office to tell him that I had to go, that I had a family emergency. He nodded gravely and asked me to keep him posted, and to let him know if there was anything he could do.
If you’re like most people, you want to know what happened. When your ...