|Performance Artist, Johan Lorbeer|
I hear that a lot. But most people really don't want to hear the answer. They'll make some quip about solving it when they were younger by tearing off the stickers or simply giving up out of frustration.
They'd rather believe the illusion that it's nearly impossible to solve. After all, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations. Lottery odds don't deal with numbers so large!
Let me level with you.
There is no big secret. But, once I describe one of the countless methods to solve the Rubik's Cube, the mystique wears off and I often hear a contemptuous, "Oh, it's just a trick?"
No, it's not just a trick. But in hindsight, any elegant answer to a complex problem seems like a trick.
With the Rubik's Cube, if you understand a few basic concepts and rules it can be rather straightforward and intuitive to solve. However, depending on your approach, it can also appear quite complex. Some such methods designed for speed-solving require the memorization of several hundred algorithms, or seemingly magic moves, that will have a particular effect on a portion of the Rubik's Cube. For any non-speedcuber, such a technique can appear to be nothing more than a gimmick.
The reality is, no matter the approach, the Rubik's Cube does not solve itself with some hushed secret trick we cubers don't want you to know about.
What about writing? Tell me the secret trick to writing.
The only trick is to get your butt into the chair. Write. Just write. That's it. Write!
You must do the work. There is no magic formula to help you write your story. There are no algorithms to memorize. There is no other real trick.
All the talk about you being a plotter or a pantser, (writing by 'the seat of your pants',) doesn't really matter if you don't actually do the writing. So, that's it. The real trick to writing – write.
Perhaps you've heard this before: the best person to write your story is you. In fact, the only person to write your story is you. What are you waiting for? Forget about trying to find the latest secrets and shortcuts, get your butt in the chair already!
What gets your butt into the chair to write?