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?


  1. Would you recommend the movie to Bond illiterates?

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

  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.

  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)

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

  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.

  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?

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

  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.


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

  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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