Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Morning Inspiration

After working on a draft for a new book for three months, I felt a dull sensation that I'd merely written an interesting biography of a character. Here's her family. Here's her strange house. Here's what happened to her in the sixth grade with her science project partner. Those weren't wasted pages, but they didn't comprise a story either. It wasn't until I abandoned those 70 pages (Ouch!) and put the character in a dangerous situation that scared me on page 1, sentence 1 that an interesting story began to emerge. 

So go write a sentence that scares you a little. There are so many possibilities.


  1. This makes me smile! Great advice! Have fun!

  2. Thanks, Jill. I know you've been at this crossroads before!

  3. My husband and I were just talking about this topic at breakfast: fearlessness and personal exposure and... and...!

    By the way, I wanted to email you this (because I thought you'd think it was amusing), but I don't see any contact info on your site. Enjoy!


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