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My grandsons were working on building with Legos. “I’m not
following the instructions,” Jay said. “I’m being creative.”
“I’m following the instructions,” replied his
four-year-brother responded. “I’m building a tractor.”
That’s a switch. Usually, J is careful to follow the
directions and Auggie takes the more creative route.
“The beauty of it, though,” I told them, “is that you can
build it one way now and then take it apart and do something different later.
Like when I write. Sometimes I put a story together one way and revise it
It’s true. I think writers get stuck in forming a story or
even a sentence one way. We need to be able to pull it apart and try it a
I’ve done it.
I’m currently working on a children’s book. I have enjoyed
the process, but I am so close to the story and what I know was in my head when
I composed it, I’ve had a hard time pulling it apart and putting it back
together in a new way.
It is a rhyming book. A good friend and fellow author by the
name of Pamela Harrison read the story and gave me valuable feedback. She
suggested I look at the “meter.” Hmmm….I had counted the syllables.
Back to the drawing board. I asked some people to read the story
out loud. I listened for those places where the meter threw them off. Those
Then I pulled the story apart and word-by-word –Lego-by-Lego
–I put it back together again.
And that, my friend, is writing.
So now, I wish you a Merry Christmas…Have fun with your new toys this season.
Be sure to join me next week as I talk about creating a strong HOOK for your novel.