The Schoolhouse Rock writer Bob Dorough knew it. Students know it, and if you think in green tones you know the three R’s, different but useful too.
Novelists and lyricists use the ‘rule of three’: Dickens had three spirits visit Scrooge, and some of you may recall Tony letting Dawn know how often to knock on the ceiling. Fairy tales are loaded with threes: the bears, their chairs, the pigs, their digs, the goats, their horns. Ha! Gotcha! But admit it, you were ready to go along with three because it feels right. Fairies, genies, and leprechauns offer as many wishes – if you catch them first.
Julie Hedlund, fearless leader of the 12x12in’12 Challenge, is now offering a three-pack of picture book manuscript critiques: better to woo an agent with.
If, like me, you find yourself revising a manuscript (more than three times!) remember three can be funnier, more satisfying, and heck, even advertisers know it’s more effective! So quit procrastinating, unplug the internet and get your rear in gear.
On the count of three…