Greetings from Texas to all my writers and readers!
Can you possibly believe it? I’m on time this month, posting this today, October 15, 2018.
For those of you who blog, I’m sure you’re well aware of the challenge of figuring out what to write. Given the political climate in this country, it would be easy to wander down that path. And those ideas who alienate half of you. That’s not what I’m aiming for. My desire is to build a community of authors, both published and aspiring, who understand the task.
I understand the task and I have to laugh when I think about where I was when I started, 30 years ago. I first got the idea to become a writer when I was reading novels, mostly chick lit and it was easy to tell how the ideas were connected – how the setting revealed the back story and vice versa. Writing a novel seemed easy (ha!). All I needed to know was what happened to whom, when and where. Then voila, novel finished.
Boy, was I naïve. The longer my stories got the more confused I got. It was (and still is) simple things like: what was that guy’s name again? Did I already say that? Or did I say something different?
It didn’t take long for me to develop a deep respect for authors. As you might guess, I’m a pantster, not a plotter. I wish I could be a plotter and hold all those details in my head. But my imagination can’t ever make up its mind. I always see all kinds of combinations and permutations of possibilities for my characters – in who they are and what they do.
I’ve now migrated into helping others succeed, which brings me great joy. Life is too short to not do what you love. I hope my Wise Words for October support your writing efforts.
Be safe in all this rain and write on!
Barbara (Mother) Wilson