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 –
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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?