Tuesday, June 12, 2007
THE PLACE THAT I BELONG
8:30 PM and 81 degrees. Looking at the world from between my feet. The beach was crowded and noisy. School is out for the summer.
The water was warm and the breeze full of flowery scent.
I can share.
After four weeks absence I see my home with new eyes. With an appreciation. I also realize there are perfectly wonderful places to live in other parts of the world.
Warmth in exchange for Mountains. But I have my photographs.
Today I did an interview. It was liberating and gave me pause for thought.
What WAS my intention? Why DID I write my book? What DO I want my readers to understand and take away from my story?
I have another interview tomorrow. I tell myself to think carefully and remember the rules:
Have a clear idea of how you want to be perceived. Rocks are everywhere so tread carefully.
Sometimes waves come unexpectedly so be prepare for the question that catches you off guard.
Some risk is good but leaping into the unknown can be tricky.
Rules are there for our safety.
Know when they ought to be broken.
Just like those pesky writing rules:
No adverbs. Third person POV. No head hopping. Avoid present tense.
You know the ones I mean.
They are just begging to be challenged.
I for one plan to break one or two tomorrow.
How about you?
Are you a rule breaker?
Are you a risk taker?