Optimism is NOT Arrogance

Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ahhh-the Big Easy

Well, here in New Orleans it's hotter than...um...

hotter than...

Damn!  You ever have that problem when you're writing where you're trying to avoid a cliche and come up with something original but you can't?

Happened to me the other day.  "She dumped him like..."  and hell, I can't say "a hot potato".  I mean, that's so old.  Or "yesterday's news".  Ick.

So I thought about the character and what they're about to say...who are they?  What do they know?

Well, the character was Ben, an eleven year-old, and he likes to eat.  What do kids who like to eat need to dump?

"She dumped him like a half-eaten bowl of cereal".  Whadda ya think?  That ok?

It's tough, but don't spend too much time on it.  If you're truly stuck with a metaphor or simile, and can't get the cliche out of your head, use the cliche, but mark it for future revisions.

Always remember the goal of the first draft:  FINISH THE FIRST DRAFT.  Don't let nothin' stop ya.

Otherwise, your manuscript could end up old and crusty like a sandwich under a teenager's bed.  (Ok, that one might've been a little gross)

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