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Next time I have the noive to complain about my job, I hope you will remind me of days like this:
Coffee on the patio with my editor while her children (including the large one known as a “husband”) are swimming, beachcoming, hiking, biking, harrassing the dog, building fires, eating smores and practicing general mayhem. Later, they will be treated to a scenic flight from our beach to Snoqualmie Falls, Bill Gates’s house and interesting places in between.
We were having some big ideas, along with the French Roast and smoked salmon.
Some days there is more to writing than W-R-I-T-I-N-G.
Today’s post is in honor of my wonderful DAD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! If you click the “favorites” button I set up for you, maybe you even found my blog! Love you!
On to the post…Bad guys come in all shapes and sizes–but on TV, not so much. Not on the shows I watch (or used to watch…my faves always get canceled. On TV, there’s a preponderence of old scary white guys, have you ever noticed that? There’s the old-scary-white-guy on Prison Break , the old-scary-white-guy on Heroes and Penny’s father Charles on Lost. And Donald Sutherland on the late, great Dirty Sexy Money. It’s not just canceled shows. The new ones feature–wait for it–old scary white guys too, like on NBC’s “Kings.”
Even when you think you’ve spotted the bad guy, you’re probably wrong unless you found the old, white scary guy.
When I needed a villain for The Summer Hideaway, I defiantly made her a woman named Polly. So there.
So I’m struggling through the story synopsis on the next book, know up until now as “Lakeshore #7.” I have a title I love–The Summer Hideaway–and a fascinating cast of characters (including some long-lost Bellamys) but there are some missing elements. I decided to dig deep into the setting to make sure the setting–a summer on the lake, deep in the Catskills Wilderness–had a psychology of place. I went to some of my favorite texts on writing to remind myself a writer’s techniques in this regard. As always, Janet Burroway illuminated something for me in Writing Fiction, and E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel had a nugget or two. Then I checked the Writing the Breakout Novel workbook by Donald Maass…the index sent me to pp. 178-179. And there was an excerpt–and little writing lesson–from The You I Never Knew, a novel by my favorite writer. Me!
I need to learn to trust myself more. In writing, as in life, you know more than you think you know.