Thursday Thoughts: Universal Devil in the Details

I’ve been fighting a low-grade migraine so I’m a little late with today’s musing. And probably a little fuzzy in making logical leaps so please bear with my ramblings.

I hit a crossroads in my writing which made today’s tidbit all the more relevant. I don’t know many writers, even those who plot and outline and make notes and map out each action, who don’t ask themselves, “What if?” during the course of writing. Iffy, my Muse, quite often asks between paragraphs but then I’m a puzzler so that’s to be expected. FYI, I’m aware that Iffy is the personification of both my imagination and my internal sense of story. And the thing about asking, “What if?” There is no right answer. There are myriad answers, a whole bunch of rabbit holes, and twisty turns.

I have to agree to disagree with the Universe on limitations, though. Sometimes, the devil is in the details, especially when you tell stories for a living. But, at the same time, a variety of details can keep the reader guessing, the characters on their toes, and the plot moving forward. Which is sort of what the Universe is saying.

There’s always more than one right answer, path, possibility, nuance, or flavor – so insist upon none.

Insisting on details, Silver, always limits you.

Purple Moonbeam Chocolate, please –
The Universe
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Coyote Ocean Cofferine? Double Chunky Banilla? Stop me, Silver… Desert Cactus Crunch?

Oh, that crossroads? I wrote alternative scenes. In edits and revisions, I’ll pick the one that moves the story along in the best way. In fact, I had an alternative scene from a previous book that fit perfectly into this one. No words are ever wasted. 🙂 I almost feel like I should add a disclaimer to my books: No words were harmed during the editing and revision of this story. And now, I think I’ll order up a Double Turquoise Snow-daynilla Cofferine. *stands at window staring out at two inches of sleet covering the driveway* Yup. I think I’ll do that. What about y’all? What decisions are you making today?

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Devil in the Details

  1. I just finished paying bills. My decision for the rest of the day is to crawl under a rock and hide. Plus, ice all over everything makes me not want to anything today. I’ll go out later because it’s supposed to get warmer and I have to hit the postal orifice.

    Oh, I just remembered I bought lottery tickets a couple days ago and never checked them. I could be a winner. Probably not, but there’s hope.

    • Silver James says:

      Yeah…it’s so slick here a fire truck skidded coming out of the station (the driveway is sloped) and rolled over. Sent one to the hospital. It’s supposed to get above freezing at some point today. LG will get out. I’m staying put. I’ll get out tomorrow when it’s well above freezing, even though there’s rain forecast.

      Rather than a rock, I’d suggest a warm blankie. Easier to access the coffee pot that way. 😉

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