Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Failure To Dust Is The Path To Hell and Other Myths
The residents of Seekerville cannot be responsible for heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting or tremors caused by reading today's post.
Proceed with caution.
As we begin the new year of writing and setting goals, it's important to separate fact from fiction. Many of you are new to this journey and as seasoned writers we in Seekerville would like to address a few myths that may be standing between you and your writing. I've also tossed in a few little writing tricks we've learned around here.
1. No one ever died from a dusty house. Ever. Ask Vincent. When given the choice between writing and dusting. Write.
2. There's no such thing as a sagging middle in fiction; a myth that Seeker Mary Connealy has busted time and again. If it sags, kill someone. Preferably not the hero and heroine.
3. Readers hate heroines who are too stupid to live. Never ever under any circumstance allow her to go into the woods at night, into the basement when the light bulb has burnt out or stay in the house when the electricity goes out. Action must be supported by believable motivation.
4. Family life will suffer if you spend too much time writing.
Busted! It's all about quality not quantity. Your family will learn and grow from watching you strive to reach your goals.
5. It's never too soon to begin training your family, friends and neighbors. If it doesn't involve copious amounts of blood or large arachnids, you should not be interrupted while writing..EVER!
6. Maintain a program of exercise and hygiene even during deadline dementia. Snack on fresh veggies and fruits instead of empty calories.
7. One of our favorite terms in Seekerville is: Don't Diva. If you get a request for revisions do them. Get in there and chop, chop, chop. Remember, divas have books under their beds, in their drawers but not in bookstores.
8. Fact: most people just don't get writers (especially romance writers). We are an odd bunch. Cultivate a support group of like minded writing friends who can cheer for you, commiserate and kick you in the boo-tee when needed.
9. Learn the rules of writing, then you can break them. True or False? The older I get the more I think this is a myth. After all, good girls don't make history.
What's your opinion?
That's it. Here's hoping 2010 unleashes the creative genius in you.
And never, ever let a little dust, and screaming stop you!