How’s your week been so far? I’ve hit a bit of a snag on an edit, with having to coordinate using some new software, but I plan to brush past it as soon as possible.
I’ve mentioned in the past I get mired in my day to day sometimes. Bogged down by routine. Which is why I’d like to talk a little bit about something that happens every day, all over the world.
Not from a scientific standpoint, though. I just want to say that it was 65 degrees here yesterday, in March, and I went out to check the mail with no coat, hat, or what-have-ya in the winter clothes department that I would normally have to wear.
That’s a rare, beautiful thing. And I enjoyed it (especially breathing warm, fresh air–not just the air inside the house).
That got me thinking about fiction, writing, editing, and making meaningful changes in my life. One of the bloggers I follow here on WordPress mentioned a course that she’s taking for fiction writers.
(Ah, heck. If you’d like to read the post I’m talking about, by Kristen Lamb, you can go ahead–it’d make more sense that way if you do).
I’m seriously considering taking it the course mentioned–I’ll let you know if I do start on that one.
Years ago, I would have jumped at the chance–but now I have to put my keyboard where my mouth is because I have edits in the pipe, and I’ll have to make sacrifices to get what I want–and figure out what goals in my life really mean enough to me personally to spark me to go after them.
And I mean really go–as in “it ain’t gonna stop me because this has to be done” kind of determination.
And it’s a bit scary, on some level. Or unusual–that’s a less intense word.
Determining what really makes a difference and whether to do something or not is a part of life–a big part. And this idea, this course for writers, brought that front and center for me because it’s really going to be me coming face to face with the fact that I haven’t submitted one manuscript for consideration yet this year–sure I was doing editing, but the blogger I follow (Kristen) made the point that if you’re not serious about your goals they won’t get done–mostly because it will be too easy for you to allow distractions.
I’ve also posted about this kind of thing before, but it’s come back around.
My other point here, is whether it’s subject lines or a P.S. to an email, a character sketch, or dialogue, different things can work at different times. You have to determine when to use what thing. There’s different ways to accomplish the same thing, sometimes.
And always remember to enjoy the journey and things that come up in your life, if at all possible–like mid-sixties weather in March in the Midwest.
Until next time,