Sunday, September 5, 2010


Writing is stressful.  There is no other way to put it.  You have to worry about the story itself:
  • Is it making sense? 
  • Are my thoughts transferring correctly to the page? 
  • Are my characters developed? 
  • Have I included all the necessary information? 
  • Is my dialogue moving the story forward? 
  • Am I painting a vivid picture in the reader's mind?
  • Are parts of the book dragging?
  • Is the pacing appropriate?
  • Are people going to be interested?
  • ...the list goes on.....
Then there is the actual writing:
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Mechanics
  • Sentence Structure
  • Focus
  • Style
  • Organization
  • Syntax
And don't forget the literary elements:
  • Point of View
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Irony
  • Analogies
  • Symbolism
  • Imagery/Sensory Details
  • Foreshadowing
Then of course, while doing all of the above, I'm always thinking about the prospect of landing an agent, being published, and having all my literary dreams come true, while simultaneously squashing all the negative vibes certain people choose to consistently send my way: it's a long shot, you're waisting your time, you need to be looking for a secure position, it's not going to work out, gobble gobble gobble...

I'll tell ya, it's enough to send you for an extended stay at the finest mental health facility.

Thankfully, I have people looking out for my sanity.  These "de-stressers" were sent to me by a good friend to lighten my mood.  I'll admit, I found them amusing.  It's always good to have a good laugh, even if it occurs at a table in a Borders cafe with people looking at you quizzically.  So, I thought I'd share them here.

Happy Labor Day!  Enjoy the last few hours of summer.  I'm actually looking forward to the fall!

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