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Forgive me, I’m allergic to overloaded plot lines.

I said I was going to update weekly, right? Woops.
I feel like I just came up for a breath of fresh air for the first time in two weeks. I’ve even been too busy to make myself proper meals most days. I really need to change that. I could just make myself a sandwich, but I’m cutting bread out of my diet; maybe permanently. I’ve been feeling sick lately, and I realized I’d been overloading on bread products. As soon as I stopped eating those — significantly better. Ate a graham cracker yesterday and felt icky again. So.. gluten allergy? Who knows. I’m really sad though, ’cause I love bread!

Which, coincidentally, brings me to my writing topic for the day.

No, I’m not going to be talking about the bread. What  I want to talk about are those scenes or lines we want to put into a story when they JUST DON’T WORK. Sure, it’s cool, it’s funny and it’s an epic line but does it really fit in that story? You might look at it and grin, but you’re reader is going to say, “Something’s off here.”

They might not know what it is, but they will know that something is keeping them from fully enjoying the story. On the other hand they might say, “What the heck? Why would [character’s name] do that when on page 37 he clearly…” You can’t throw a joke in where it doesn’t belong, and you can’t throw in a scene or line that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the plot line or the characters.

If you really like that line or idea, it can go in another story. I’m not saying that you should highlight it and hit delete. Instead, save it in a separate document. Have a whole document dedicated to those things that are too good to throw away but won’t fit in anything that you’re currently working on.

That’s it for today. Let me know if you like my posts, hate them or you’re indifferent. Whatever. And, if anyone has any good, quick recipes that are gluten free please share.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Write.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Life, Writing

 

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Personal Enemy #1

Ever had one of those nights where you try to sleep — change positions, fluff the pillow, do a complete 180 in the bed to see if that’s more comfortable. — only to pop back up and decide, “Hey, I’m going to go online and write a blog post about my insomnia!” Well, you’re in luck ’cause you’re not alone.

Wait…. Okay, maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about food and how much I like to eat it because, you know, food tastes good (Warning: Not all food tastes good. Particularly that meat surprise casserole that “some people” think qualifies as food). When I’m not writing my fingers down to the bone or wasting time online or watching shows that waste my time… 20 things-that-waste-my-time later… I’m trying to make something that tastes good.Okay, that sort of wastes my time as well but I do need to eat; keep my strength up to do all that writing and time-wasting stuff.

And, where am I going with this?

Oh, yes, here’s my point — FOOD IS TAKING OVER

For example, there was a scene in my work-in-progress involving earmuffs (minds out of the gutter). One second I’m typing away and then the image in my mind of the fluffy earmuffs leads to a thought. That thought lead to another thought and another though.

Why are you writing about your protagonist getting earmuffs when you could be eating something? Delicious food. FOOD. Tasty FOOD. YUM.

Food is my enemy number one on the distraction list at the moment. Why do I have to go roam the kitchen every time I get up from the computer? Even at this moment, I’m anticipating what I’m going to eat as soon as I get up from this computer. *Sigh*

So, wanting to eat isn’t so much the problem as the fact that I haven’t given myself much time to select anything healthy since this writing challenge began. Word of advice — don’t do that. Therefore, I’m making a new goal from here on out. Cease the junk food munching and have more veggies on my plate. Let’s face it. No matter how many people may have the illusion that artists are supposed to be starving, on drugs, worn out and/or mildly insane I don’t fit into that image. Except for, perhaps, the insane part…. and, I don’t have much defense for the worn out part at the moment, considering I’m writing this blog instead of sleeping.

You can add this little tidbit to your list of things to know before attempting a writing marathon, though you’re probably way wiser than I. You don’t need to be told to eat well while you write, right?

Going to go be unconscious for a little while now….ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Cooking, Life, Writing

 

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Crazy Train

Warning: Watching a Tim Burton film, a Kpop music video — so. bad. Why must you put so much eye shadow and lip gloss on a handsome man?! — and talking about pirates in the same day can give you interesting dreams. Mine involved sexy guys on a ship, all with relatively awesome hair.

Anyway…

I was also caught dancing in the backyard yesterday while listening to “Crazy Train”. Gotta say, it’s a little embarrassing to be dancing with no regard for actual rhythm (just feelin’ the music, just feelin’ it.) only to turn around at someone laughing at you. What did I do, though, after the initial embarrassment wore off and my audience left? I continued to dance until the song was over.

Now, I know you’re probably wondering what this has to do with writing or, well, anything really. Well, I was just thinking about those moments where embarrassment prevents us from telling the story. We think, “Oh no, I can’t write that. What will people think?” or “What if so-and-so thinks I’m writing about them?” Such thoughts can be a great pain in the neck.

So, when those thoughts start popping up just take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Why am I writing this?
  2. Why is it important to the story, to this moment?
  3. If I don’t write it, what will that do to the story?

You might find after asking yourself these questions that, despite what people may think of you, it’s important for you to continue writing. Write under a pen name if you must, but get it out no matter what. Someone out there will be glad that you did. This blog’s name says it all: Trust your story. It knows what it’s doing and it can thrive much better, touch more people, if you stop feeling embarrassed over the important yet questionable paragraphs.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, a little Ozzy to dance around badly to:

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Life, Writing

 

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