Details. We notice them whether we realize it or not, when we drive, walk, talk, read and watch a movie. One of the most important aspects of paying attention to detail is in writing. Well, dismantling bombs may require quite a bit of attention to detail, but that isn’t my forte.
Writing is my forte, and I confess, I am not a writer that uses an entire page to describe a room. If it pertains to my story and I need it known (because it propels the story forward) I let it be known. Otherwise, I leave a lot to the reader’s imagination. Is this good? Is it bad? I don’t know.
I guess that is why I had such a hard time writing my novel for NaNoWriMo.
Details are amazing! When stumped on a scene or a flash fiction piece, I make sure I pay a little extra attention to people the next time I am out. Every single one of my characters has a trait or quality from a real live human bean, er, being.
The next time you are out and about, look around the street you drive down or the mall you walk through. Find someone and really give them a once over. What are they wearing around their neck? Does she only have one earring on? Is his shoelace broken? Does he smell like cigarettes, cologne or both? Make up a story about a car in the gas station that has a dent in the back-end. Look closer: are they teeth marks?
Are there times when you pay attention to detail more than others?
Caution. It means be careful, warning, danger and other things. But in the midst of life, sometimes caution can be a death sentence that leads to a mundane existence filled with the same boring pork chops and applesauce every Thursday night along with Sunday night bowling. Hey, bowling is great. Pork chops are great. But… wouldn’t Bowling for Pork Chops be even better?
There have been times I have played on the safe side of the fence. Okay, most of my life (unless I was drunk or high) I played on the safe side of the fence. I took risks, but they were extremely calculated risks with a high percentage success rate. I mean, one thing I hate is to fail or be wrong. So it makes sense that caution was something I exercised often.
Caution can be a death sentence. It can be that thing that suffocates you. You’ll wake up in thirty years, roll out of bed and look in the mirror and ask yourself, “why?” And you’ll pepper your soul with “shoulda, woulda, coulda’s.”
If we don’t take chances, we don’t know what can happen! Sure, we’ll always know that our food will taste good because we order the same thing, or that we’ll make it to work on time because we always take the same route (boring!). We can always be sure we’ll be entertained because we watch that movie we love every time.
Calculated risks are a way to step out of our comfort zone and grow as an individual. Do you remember the last time you took a calculated risk? Maybe you took a deep breath and asked for a raise (which I did last week – it paid off!) or maybe you decided to wear a different color sweater than that gray one you always wear.
Whatever it is, step outside your comfort zone and take a calculated risk. You will grow in ways you won’t begin to believe.
Believe. What a strong word. I believe in you. I’m a believer. Daydream believer. You gotta believe. I believe I can fly.
Sure is a lot of believing… and why not? Believing in something or someone gives us hope. It gives us something to look forward to.
Here are some songs with “Believe” in the title:
Do You Believe in Love – Huey Lewis and the News
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
She Believes in Me – Kenny Rogers
I Believe in You and Me – Whitney Houston
The most important thing you can believe in is you. YOU have to believe in YOU. If you don’t, who will? It is kind of like the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus, when we stop believing, it no longer exists. Think back to a time when you believed or stopped believing… how did you feel?
When I believe I am a good writer or that I can go to the gym, I do those things. How about you?
Believe in positivity, forgo negativity…
Quotes About Believing
“We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.” Winston Churchill
“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” Noam Chomsky
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” Christian D. Larson
So you see, believing is a wonderful thing and whatever you believe is your truth.
I was not going to sign up for this round of ROW80 Madness. I have a lot of stuff going on. We are in the nitty gritty of tax season; I am signed up for Script Frenzy; I am signed up for the A – Z Challenge and a lot more goals to coincide with all of that.
But then I thought… ROW80 helps me to manage goals. It also makes me responsible and culpable should I slack.
So, without further ado, here are my goals for this round:
Write three – four pages a day on script for Script Frenzy.
Write up blog posts for A -Z Challenge. Try to stay four posts ahead of the game.
Continue to update parenting a teenager blog.
Continue Talk About It Tuesday posts.
Continue Friday Flash Fiction posts.
Find another link-up for flash fiction posts. StoryDam.com is closing down :(.
Keep up on fitness.
So that’s it. WOW! I hope to heck I can pull this off. I didn’t even add my social media goals because I am pretty religious with them. I check Triberr one to two times a day and share all the posts until there are none left to approve. To which, I just went to Triberr (which was fine) and now it is all new fangled and weird. Why do people never leave well enough alone?
I have faith that my fellow ROWers are up to the task of ROWing this round and am looking forward to visiting the blogs!
Adversity: making or breaking people since the dawn of time.
How much have you overcome in your life? After you get to know someone and quit the sappy, chitter chatter of small talk, what do you tell them about yourself? Maybe you are fighting cancer, going through a nasty divorce, battling addiction or maybe you have inner demons you can’t quite figure out and you see a doctor to help you with those demons. None of this makes a bad person. It makes a human being and it makes you beautiful.
I try to put some of the adversity I have overcome into my writing. Truth is much more fascinating than fiction, no doubt. Some of the adversity I have put (or will put) into my writing:
Being a teen parent
An abusive marriage
Growing up poor
Isn’t it interesting that those tribulations we do overcome, that adversity, it makes us stronger and gives us layers. Imagine if everything went the way we wanted consistently… how freaking boring would that be?
Think about our writing, your writing. There is adversity in good writing. There is an obstacle to hurdle, a task to complete, a mystery to solve. A good story has a protagonist that must overcome adversity to get to the goal.