I’ve always loved this quote. I came across it while going through some of my dad’s boxes. He had been a teacher, so it made me laugh. I think this quote applies in many areas of my life, but I really found this to true when I stood before a classroom of thirty small children with very busy mouths. Gaining control of the classroom meant not letting them see you sweat. Later, when I taught dance, I had the same jolting realization. I could do the steps; teaching them was something altogether different.
But really it’s simply this. If you believe, they will believe. No matter what you do, just do it with conviction.
Of course, as writers, it’s our job to convince, persuade, and make it all up all the time! Personally, I think that’s what I like about it.
How does this quote apply to your life? Does anything stand out as a time when you had to “wing it”?