The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Using Evil for Good Purposes

        The old adage--"If you've got lemons, make lemonade"--can be applied to writing. Really.

photo by Herman McLeod

        I'm working on a longish project that's still shortish. It's a midget that has dreams of being as tall as an NBA-er. But it's, sadly, still 3'6".

        Stuck in a rut, I recently had a couple of unpleasant-bordering-on-awful events slam into me. The first one I'm planning on using in my longish writing piece. It propelled the storyline forward, and got me completely out of the ditch. Instantly. Immediately, I knew that this was what I needed as an impetus.

        The other "stuff" that happened? How am I going to spin that into something positive?

        Well, I hope that some day, I will have a book on a bookstore shelf that I've written or co-written. And that book will be proof that I persevered.  

        What real-life events have you used--to your advantage--in your writing? Share. It's just you and me...

15 comments:

  1. Only everything I've ever heard, seen, imagined or felt.

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    1. And Fireblossom, you do it so well...

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  2. The good, the bad, and the ugly...it's thwe only way to write authentically. A midget? :)

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    1. Linda--You're the kind of writer that can take the ugly and make it gut-bustingly hilarious, and the bad into something thought-provoking.

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  3. Pretty much everything is fair game. :)

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    1. Lisa--You play a good game. (I look at your publishing credits, and want to have your same stats.:)

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  4. Just about everything I write is real life. That's because I lack the creative gene to write fiction. Pardon me for fixating on that photo. What large lemons you have, Madam!

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    1. Val--I agree. The size and the shape were a bit...mesmerizing? Disturbing? Alarming?

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  5. Yeah, what HAVEN'T I used in real life?

    Cleverly disguised, of course. Or not so cleverly disguised if you get on my bad side. :-)

    P.S. Btw, Zentangle? VERY cool.

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    1. Cathy--Remind me to always play nice with you.

      Thanks, but you, too could Zentangle. Just look up the millions of different ideas/patterns, and start doodling...

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  6. The optimist sees a lemon and makes lemonade. The writer sees a lemon and turns it into art. I will be one of the first in line when you do persevere. And not just because I'm worried about what I'll read! ;)

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    1. Tammy--You should be afraid. Very afraid. ;)

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  7. Hope your sour times turn sweet and end up in a story or an essay. For me, putting time and breathing room between the event and what I write about it has worked.

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    1. Donna--I love the combination of time and breathing room. Time doesn't heal all, but the wounds don't hurt so much after a while...

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  8. Well stinker, I want to know what happened to you... boy some friend I am! But good for you for turning it into something good!

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