LOOK for shades of red as you go about your day. Then write a short scene where the character keeps noticing red in reference to the kind of day they’ve had. Anger? Resentment? Rosy?
Recently, a friend of mine sent me an email which I found so thought provoking, I asked her if I could share it with you. Here it is, with my subheads.
“I understand what fear and its resulting procrastination can do to a person. I’m reading a book written by a Buddhist, The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandle. I particularly like what Noelle says about worrying, and I’ll paraphrase:
Like wishing, worrying is a form of magical thinking, one that springs from the deeply held belief that our thoughts can affect what in the world around us. But worrying, it seems, is the shadow side of wishing. For it begins not with the vision of something desired but of something feared, something to be repelled. And whereas desire is a powerful of fuel for actually making something happen, fear is less so. Rather than energizing us, motivating us to action, it tends to deplete us, to make feel helpless, overwhelmed, lying there flat on our back in the darkness.
My friend continues:
“Socrates, who lived in the 4th century B.C., said that happiness does not depend on external circumstances or material resources but on one’s capacity to know what is good and true and to act accordingly.”
Noelle said, “To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. It’s not possible to make a single path by just one step. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. It won’t do anything if we just think it once.”
“I know it’s New Age thinking to celebrate the mind’s ability to transform their circumstances, but I believe in adding to that basic knowledge our belief that through Christ, we can do all things that strengthen us.
I’m going to read Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning (which he forged in the crucible of Auschwitz), and I suggest you do, too. This book can help us make, ‘Belief Changes.” In other words:
- We will never allow a single sale of our written work to be the measure of who we are or who we will become.
- The second belief change involves re-framing. it takes one signing for us to succeed at the first big step of being a published author. So, instead of focusing on that singular step, let’s look at each critique of our work as a small step toward our goal and celebrate that. Say the signing is worth $500.00. Well, if each step was worth $25.00, then it would take 20 critiques to possibly get to that signing. Let’s celebrate each of the $25.00 20 steps.
I don’t want you to think I’m reducing Frankl’s great work, written under horrific circumstances, to one of searching only for moolah, but I think it’s an acceptable application.
Also, let’s read Kitchen Table Wisdom by the physician Rachel Naomi Remen. Let’s think about positive thinkers – the affluent affirmers, the manifest-your-dream, create-your-own-reality believers, and all those expecting radical favor, blessings, and the best cut of the meat in the deli.”
So here’s the photo. What’s the story? To fire off your writing for today, spend 10-15 minutes scribbling with no judgment on yourself. There’s no editing, it’s simply jumping into writing and spilling out “What if?
To prime the pump:
- Who’s going to meet someone at this table?
- Who’s watching this table to see who shows up?
- Why here? At this coffee shop?
- Are they supposed to be together?
- What might happen when they meet?
- What is one of them wanting to avoid during this meeting?
Ready, set, jump—-into writing. What if?
Thanks for stopping by. This will be a work in progress and since people have been wanting to sign up to read about writing tips for kids, adults and news of my next book coming out, I thought I better get this going! So, if you are a perfectionist, you will find plenty of crab about–starting with the header showing parts of the middle picture on both sides. Yeah, I know. I’m trying to figure that out.
I’ll move over all the fun information from The S.A.V.E. Squad site at some point and that will be under the Middle Grade Novels page.
Here’s my bio to get us introduced:
Kathleen Wright is drawn to capturing unexpected stories where characters discover they are more than they know, move onward and upward, and realize that saving the world can take many forms. Walking on fire once—on purpose—caused her to wonder what else she could do that she didn’t think was possible. Currently, her animal rescue series for ages 8-12, The S.A.V.E. Squad, shows how kids can save the world, one animal at a time. In June, Waiting for Sparks, a small town wholesome romance from Harlequin Heartwarming debuts. It’s a story of community and discovering whether or not the past dictates the future.