Monday, October 06, 2008

Direction

Posted by Lisa Marnell
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look them over with care.
About some you will say, "I do't choose to go there."

With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there in the wide open air.

Excerpt from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

There are times I wonder why an author ended up writing the book he or she did. Were plots decisions, choices about character intentional? Were they made by accident? Honestly, this baffles me. In the excerpt from the beautifully written book I share with you today, it talks about choices and direction we have in life. We have these choices in writing.

One common piece of writing advice is to write the type of book we love to read. As I come to final decisions with my WIP, I long to take pride in this work. Will I look back and wish I went in another direction? Do other writers? A good friend of mine struggled with her ending. In the end, is it chance or luck or fate or a well-thought out decision?

4 comments:

Kira said...

I hope some day I get to be asked those questions, although already the answer is, I don't know. Usually, for me, the road chosen is just an overgrown path at first. By the time I hack my way to a wide boulevard, I can't even remember what it looked like at the beginning. But, as my photography teacher said, there's no such thing as luck. It may feel like luck, you may have no idea where it comes from, but as long as it comes...

As my favorite greeting card says, Luck? You don't need luck. All you need is a heart, brains, a pair of red shoes, and a little dog.

Therese said...

If there's an author out there who hasn't second-guessed those kinds of choices and decisions, I don't want to know her (or him)!

I try to do my best--and to accept that "best" is going to always be relative.

Lisa Marnell said...

Wow, Kira and Therese, can I put your phone numbers on speed dial as your insights are awfully wise. It helps to think there's no right or wrong and that somehow our decisions come from something more than random chance.

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