Sunday, September 23, 2012

Adversity with Endings

I envy people who can plot an entire story before they start writing. The New Yorker recently wrote a piece about J.K. Rowling, and apparently Rowling can do just that. But, then again, she is J.K Rowling.
I get to know my characters pretty well. Their family trees, their hobbies, their fears. And I can think up beginning, middles, and conflicts pretty well. I just can't figure out how to resolve the mess I create for them.
And it's not just novel endings. It's the ending of log lines (speaking of log lines, Miss Snark's Baker's Dozen contest is coming up). It's also the ending of synopses. The end of ice skating programs.
And I think my problem lies in the fact that I have great respect for well thought out endings. The endings that culminate everything to a perfect point and leave no dangling threads. That's the kind of ending I want--an ending that is ingenious, unpredictable, and well executed.
What part of writing is difficult for you? Beginnings? Middles? Ends?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Writing Lessons at Walt Disney

I apologize for my absence from the blog. But I've got a really good excuse. Seriously. I do.
I was at Disney World!
I got to meet the pals from Pooh Corner!

And I screamed down the Splash Mountain. Go ahead, make fun of the poncho. I don't care =)

At the haunted mansion I learned the deadly hazards of writer's block.

The park had signs boasting words of wisdom from Mr. Walt Disney himself. And I agree with him whole heartedly. If I don't give myself a deadline, I never get anything done with my writing or skating. But sometimes I forget how important deadlines are, so it was nice to be reminded on my vacation.

This quote from Mr. Walt Disney made me feel so much better about being on the twelfth draft of my novel!

Sarcastically Delicious and Me on the It's A Small World ride.
The writing community and publishing industry may sometimes seem daunting, unfathomable, and so vast. But, it's really all about perspective. You can embrace the journey, stay optimistic, and power through or remain permanently rooted where you are with that deer-in-the-headlights look.