Thursday Thoughts: Outside the Box

Last week, I wrote a scene. It’s an important scene that sets up several plot threads. It’s meant to be both informative and evocative. There are several people involved and all of them have high stakes in what happens in this one, pivotal scene. Nothing I’ve done “feels” right. Then the Universe dropped this into my inbox.

There’s nothing, Silver, that “thinking new thoughts” can’t solve, make happen, or improve.

Wow, sent that one just in time, huh?

The Universe


And you can thank me, Silver, for thinking up Fridays.

As writers, we can’t get so focused sometimes. We need to think new thoughts.  And sometimes, we need to think those thoughts outside the box. POV doesn’t work? Write the scene from a different character’s POV. There’s no emotion? Insert action that will elicite reactions–STRONG reactions–from the characters involved. Give them a reason to care what’s happening so your readers will also care. Look at things differently. Think new thoughts, yeah?

FYI, I’m still working on that scene–in my head, anyway. I’ve moved on after peppering the virtual margins with notes and ideas on how to fix but I haven’t quite nailed it down. Now, with this message from the Big U, I’m going to “think new thoughts” about that scene and work on it again. I’ll get it right. Because it’s important. Another writer might just leave it and let the chips fall where they may. I can’t do that. Sometimes, you have to poor your own blood, sweat, and tears into the words to get them right.

Oh, and yes. I’m really glad the Big U thought up Fridays. It gives Thursday something to look forward to. 😉


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and 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: Outside the Box

  1. Thinking new thoughts… yep, the universe has it right. Again. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll only get what you’ve always gotten.” Don’t know who said that, but it’s right along those lines. Whatever way you look at it, something new has to happen in order to reach your goals. (And my goals.) Not sure what the new thing is that we have to do, but we’ll find it.

    I’m a fan of painting myself into a corner. And when I do, it’s either find a window to crawl out of or make a hole in the wall. Or of course, starting over, but I hate that LOL. If you need to bounce ideas off someone, let me know.

    • Silver James says:

      I like that quote! And so true. I’ve been known to wave around a paint brush a time or two. LOL And then have to build a door, or send a rescue team in. 😉 Also, thanks! I know you’re there. This one is so convoluted I’ll be reaching out once I’m to that point to get a second opinion.

      And yes, we WILL find the way!

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