Monday, May 10, 2010

Mystery and Action

I've subscribed to Dave Wolverton's Daily Kick in the Pants emails. I am getting a lot out of them. Yesterday's was about the first chapter. He said if there is no mystery or action created in the first chapter, nobody will finish the book. Now, I've known my first chapter needed help, but I thought I'd deal with it in the first re-write. Well, Dave's kick made me change my mind. I added a chapter before the chapter, which will add some intrigue into my story from the get-go, and hopefully leave the reader wanting to know more.

Today I signed up for the League of Utah Writers' Spring workshops, happening this Saturday in Orem. I am way excited for this! It looks like a lot of fun. I kind of feel like an interloper, though, since I haven't joined the league yet. They meet on Wednesday nights and that's the night I have mutual. I'm the Mia Maid advisor in my ward. So, chances are I wouldn't be able to attend the meetings. There are other chapters whose meetings are on a more convenient night, but I'm not sure I want to do the extra driving. Hm. Decisions, decisions.

Meanwhile, I have become quite enamored of the lyrics to the song, "One Clear Voice." Here they are for your enjoyment and inspiration:

The whole world is talking
Drowning out my voice.
How can I hear myself
With all this noise?
But all this confusion
Just disappears
When I find a quiet place
Where I can hear

One clear voice
Calling out for me to listen
One clear voice
Whispers words of wisdom
I close my eyes
'Till I find what I've been missing.
And if I'm very still, I will hear
One clear voice.


  1. I've been getting the Daily Kick in the Pants too, and yesterday's was just terrific. I love those song lyrics. I hope I'll be able to come to the workshop. Don't worry; there will be lots of us who don't belong the LUW, but still want to come.

  2. Yes, I am coming! My husband is so supportive. He said, if it will help you, you should go. I think he's hoping I'll make it big and help support the 3 missionaries we'll have out next year. (2 now, 3 then)