Saturday, January 26, 2008

My New Year's Resolution

I've been thinking about New Year's resolutions. I realize that I'm a few weeks late in the year with my list : - ) I'm not sure "resolutions" is the right name for my list anyway. More accurately I've been thinking of "improvements".

An honest look in the mirror will tell me that I have a few pounds to lose : - )

I'm a nail-biter - I could certainly work on that : - )

But it isn't outward improvements that I've been thinking of. I'm thinking more of internal change, characteristics that I would likely be better off without. Topping my list is that I'm a control freak. That one is key for me.

So, this year, I'm going to let go a little. There, I've said it (actually written it : - )) . I'm going to adopt more a "take things as they come" attitude. There are times when things happen the way they're going to happen no matter what we do to the contrary. This year I'm going to work on being okay with that. : - )

I wish you every success in whatever you've set out to change, accomplish, or gain this new year.


Friday, January 11, 2008

If the shoe doesn't fit

I got to thinking about Cinderella this week. How both of her stepsisters tried on the glass slipper with no success. Then, Cinderella tried it on and it fit!

A few weeks ago, I was trying to make something fit, trying valiantly, and it just wouldn't.

In my case, the ill-fit wasn't a shoe, but a scene I was editing for my then novel in progress. I had a powerful scene which just wasn't working.

I fiddled with it, tweaking it, changing the odd word and punctuation mark, and was no happier. I knew the scene was good, and good for the story, yet it wasn't working.

I finally admitted that it wasn't going to. Not at that point in the story.

So I moved it. It works now : - )

Sometimes a problem with a piece of writing is just a matter of an ill-fit. A scene that may not be working may be due to where it takes place in the story, rather than due to a problem with the scene itself.


Thursday, January 3, 2008

The book with no title

I'm struggling with the title for the book I just finished. Usually, the title is one of the first things I decide on before I start writing. For me, the title cements the book, summarizing it in my mind.

With this book though, I wasn't able to decide on the title at the outset and so I settled on a "working title" to keep myself from calling my work-in-progress the "book with no title" : - )

I'll be turning it in this month and I still haven't come up with what to call this book. Maybe it will be released as "the book with no title" after all. : - )