Daily Archives: September 3, 2012

A Brilliant Tweet, with Massive Consequences

I just came across a  Tweet which linked to this piece of brilliance:


I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite so helpful.  However, it does now mean I’ll have to rewrite whole chunks of dialogue.  Years ago, I was told ‘never use the word ‘said’ when you can think of something more interesting!’ But apparently, that’s wrong.  Gah.

Back to the drawing board!

Where to Begin…?

Right – so, it’s Monday again.  This is good news.  I am looking out at a beautiful day (makes mental note to actually go for a walk today, as am supposed to be in training for next year’s Mini Marathon, instead of attempting to fuse self to chair), and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have the time, energy and opportunity to do what I’m going to spend today doing, i.e. working on the Magnum Opus.

So, why is getting started such a challenge?

Last week, I was having some plot difficulties; things just weren’t sitting right.  Characters were doing what characters do – i.e. having their own minds, thought processes, motivations, desires, and all the rest of it.  I wasn’t prepared for them to be quite so vocal, however.  My ‘goodies’ wanted to be ‘baddies’, my heroine was rebelling against being such a wimp (which is a good thing), and my minor characters were flexing their muscles and telling me, in no uncertain terms, that they wanted their names in lights.  So, what’s a writer to do?  Resistance is futile, in the face of such organised opposition.  This morning, then, I am faced with the dreaded Major Rewrite.  There will be a plot bloodbath, but hopefully it will all be for the best.

The only good thing is I actually miss my characters.  I’ve only been away from them since Friday, but I wonder what they’ve been doing since then, and I’m looking forward to finding out.  It’s just taking that first step, choosing where to put the first word, that’s the hard part.  I haven’t been this creative with procrastination for many years; I’ve rearranged this blog, checked my sparkly new Twitter feed, checked out what’s happening in Internet-land with regard to my passion – i.e. children’s and YA literature – and now it’s time to begin, without a doubt.

Here I go.  Wish me luck!  I hope your Monday, wherever you are, is filled with inspiration, fulfillment, happiness and (hopefully) good weather, too.  Thanks for reading!