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.