Now that you’ve recovered from the excesses of the weekend, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing. Prepare to sally forth with pennant flying, make like St. George and take a stab at that dragon. Or…take all that energy and channel it toward something equally productive like writing a chapter.
I’ve neglected my WIP lately. Between the day job, conferences and stamping out small brush fires like an obsessed rhinoceros (obscure movie reference alert), I’ve birthed some flash fiction but not much else.
Time for that to change. I’m going to reward myself with the gift of time. Writing time. Another 50K words of final editing and this WIP is ready for a round of submissions…unless I find another gaping hole. My fingers are crossed in defiant hope that I can boot this one out the door and wait for the professional rejections to roll in.
I make a note for the next time round.
Selecting the perfect word to create the best phrase or produce the essential atmosphere can be a challenge. I make lists of wonderful words I stumble across but can’t figure out how to use. They’re awesome but distracting because the majority of readers are unlikely to know them. I call them dangerous words because an unhappy reader might fling our novel across the room if they get derailed too many times. But I love new vocabulary, so I hum the Risky Business theme and slip one in sometimes.
Today I managed to do just that, I typed in a dangerous word and it worked beautifully. Tomorrow I’ll probably hate it, but right now I’m pretty pleased. This one:
The American Heritage Medical Dictionary