A few days ago, a friend said something that made me think of a song–“The Rainbow Connection.” There’s a version sung by Willie Nelson that’s used as the soundtrack for a commercial currently playing. I forget the product being advertised but Willie’s version of the song continues to tease me at odd moments. And then the Universe added it’s own “lyrics.”
Rainbows and butterflies, cattails and dandelions, waterfalls and rainforests, puppy dogs and dragonflies, sea foam and orcas, sunshine and comets, snowflakes and icicles, wildflowers and Silver James…
Did I think of everything, or what?
Crazy, sexy, cool,
And now, Silver, you get to think of whatever you like… no pressure.
I’m not not convinced that the Universe isn’t the author of all those bits and pieces attributed to “Anonymous” because I believe the Big U is a writer at heart. So many of the messages that pop up in my inbox can be used as food for thought with the writing process, craft, and the psyche of a writer. And what, you wonder, does this particular message have to do with writing? Imagination. Writing fiction is all about the “What if?” and descriptions, settings, and characters. It’s about the hero kissing the heroine beneath a waterfall in the middle of a rainforest. (That scene is in UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON, btw). It’s getting snowed in at Christmas or meeting Santa Claus when little boys least expect it. (THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION and CHRISTMAS MOON) I could wax poetic about dragonflies and dandelions and all the rest because I’m pretty sure I’ve used all these things in a book at sometime. Well, except maybe orcas, and perhaps I should remedy that at some point. 😊
The thing is, characters should be real people. Settings should evoke feelings in readers. Descriptions should remind us of the world around us, no matter where or when a book is set. And yes, the Universe did think of everything when it graced us with the gift of imagination. Thanks, Universe. I’m going to take a little time and think of whatever I like. No pressure. 😉 What are you going to think about today?