Monday, November 20, 2006

Highlights and a Bit of Writing


A few highlights from this weekend...

--Went to see Casino Royale and loved it. See the post below for just how much I loved it. (Daniel Craig is amazing. Had to say that again.)

--Got a clean bill of health from the eye doctor. Since diabetes really affects the eyes, I want to make sure I stay on top of it. No problems so far and my eyes have even improved - got me two new pair of glasses, though I wish they were contacts. Can't afford that right now, especially since I have to get a special kind since I'm allergic to the daily wear ones.

--My best friend came for a visit for the afternoon and we had a great time catching up. I only get to see her maybe once or twice a year, but it's just like we saw each other yesterday.

Now, on to the writing.

In the December issue of Writer's Digest, I found a kernel of golden wisdom from Elizabeth Sims who writes the Lillian Byrd Crime Stories. If you're having trouble starting a story or maybe even a chapter, go to your bookshelf, close your eyes and pick a book at random. Doesn't matter if it's fiction or non-fiction. Open the book to a random page, then open your eyes. Read the first sentence you see and make that sentence the basis of what you write next.

Intriguing, isn't it?

12 comments:

  1. Would you recommend the movie to Bond illiterates?

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  2. Damn...that's a hot picture.

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  3. S.W. - I would totally recommend it to Bond illiterates. It's a great movie all around and has everything you could want in an adventure-action flick.

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  4. Sounds like a great weekend! We had a quiet family one - my brother/sister in law and niece came up and we all cocooned. Even better, our team won the Grey Cup (Canadian football's Super Bowl - and much, much older)

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  5. Love your writing suggestion from Writer's Digest. Thanks for sharing it. Have you had good luck with this technique thus far?

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  6. That reminds me of the old wisdom of answering a question by opening the Bible to a random page and pointing to the text. Your answer was under your finger.

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  7. Thanks for the writing tip, Melissa. It sounds like it just might work! I'm for anything that helps us "do" instead of "stew" when we're stuck. Have you tried it?

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  8. Nope - haven't tried the technique yet, but when I read it, I thought, yeah, that just might work!

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  9. I did that very trick last year for Nano. I was having a hard time and someone suggested grabbing a book, opening it up to page 77 and taking the first line. So I did - and wrote a great scene! Try it, it works.

    :)

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  10. Intriuging...might have to reconsider seeing a Bond movie.

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  11. How does everyone else find such good pictures of him?!?!

    And that's an interesting tip, Melissa -- I'll have to try it.

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