Friday, June 13, 2008

The Rules

The Rules

Allison Brennan is doing session on ASKANAUTHOR about Following The Rules (NOT.) Allison is a shining example of someone who has achieved great success by not following the rules. She doesn’t plot and her hero’s don’t always show up on page one.

I’m currently reading “Story” by Robert McGee and listening to a CD by screen writer Michael Hauge. McGee focuses on the artistry and passion for the story while Hauge teaches the “rules” of screenwriting. Different approaches. I know which one I like better.

Lately I’ve been concerned about dressing my age. I wore a pink top on the weekend. Can an almost fifty year old woman wear pink? My sister told me I worried way too much about dressing for my age. If I liked it, who cared what others thought? I think it’s because I have two teenage daughters who roll their eyeballs when I want to wear blue eyeliner. They’ve threatened to hide their makeup so I’m not tempted to use something that’s too young for me. But, I don’t really know what that is.

I have so many voices in my head about what I’m writing now that I’m paralyzed with indecision. I think if I didn’t have so many problems with the MS myself I wouldn’t be so swayed by other’s criticism. I’ve wavered on ditching this MS almost from the moment I started it and I think I should have listened to my inner voice. One of the big issues is I have way too many external threads for a short romance. I’ve been reading some of the newest Desires this week and the focus is on the romance. In my effort to have an original plot and keep those pages moving I haven’t focused on the scenes with Josh and Izzy falling in love. Can I salvage this mess? Or not?

My oldest daughter was off to write her provincial math exam this morning. Math is the only subject she doesn’t have a really high mark in so the exam counts. The teacher, who she’s complained about since the term started, gave her a five point bonus yesterday for her class mark – just for trying so hard. How cool was that? It takes a little of the pressure off for the exam.


Annette said...

Yes!!!!! You definitely should keep this manuscript. FPA is a great story. Maybe let it sit for a few weeks and then look at it with fresh eyes. I find it hard to be objective when I've been working on the same thing for too long. A break usually helps me.

And I saw you in that pink top and you looked great! You definitely don't look 50, or at least the old definition of 50. Nowadays, 50 is more youthful, closer to what 35 - 40 used to be.

So wear what makes you happy. Teenage daughters are tough critics (I know, I have one) so I'd chalk up their comments to their age, not of how you should dress. :-)

Julia Smith said...

I would put up your teenage-eyerolling defence shield and wear what you feel good in. They're not going to like what you wear just on principle.

Give your MS a wee rest and don't pitch it just yet!

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

Wear what you want girl, we only live once...
And be happy...

Best wishes

Kelly Boyce said...

I think it isn't the color that makes something too young/too old, it's the cut or style. I say watch Stacey & Clinton on What Not To Wear. ;)

Sandra Ferguson said...

I'm so with you on the what can 'an almost 50 gal wear' and still be acceptable. I, too, have the daughters, one in college and one starting HS. They constantly roll their eyes at me. I keep telling myself it's a stage -- theirs. Um, maybe I'm wrong.

Crimney, if pink's out where does that leave my favorite orange shirt? If it's out in the cold, that will be too bad. I love that shirt.

I didn't mind turning 40, not even 45, but if I have to finally act my age when I turn 50 then I'll probably just refuse to have another BD.

Thanks for the post and letting me know someone else out there has eye-rolling daughters.