Friday, February 08, 2008

My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

I'm headed to Tucson for three weeks of warm weather and sunshine. I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I love the rain. But around February, I need a break. And my family lives in Tucson. Well, except my brother who lives in North Dakota and that's not the kind of break I'm after.

Spyscribbler posted today (or was it yesterday) about what kind of experience writers are aiming to give their readers. I'd never really thought about it before, but I immediately knew I'm the Entertainment writer. I never know what theme my book might of might not have. I don't write with character growth in mind. I like to create a character and give her lots of interesting situations. I like to write a story that keeps the reader wondering what's going to happen next and how the hell is the character going to get out of the situation. When I think about the emotion, the themes, the morals--I just get depressed and lose interest in writing.

When I write, I'm seeing a movie in my head and then putting it on paper. When I read, I read the words and that creates a movie in my head.

I remember a time when some co-workers and I were talking about movies. One of the co-workers and I both remembered a funny scene from a movie. We talked about it at length, trying to remember what movie it was from. We both remembered the scene in the same way. After a lot of discussion we both realized that the scene was from a book.

I want to write scenes like that.


spyscribbler said...

More and more, as I listen to Janet Evanovich on CD, I'm getting awfully jealous of her (in a good way). My respect grows for her daily.

spyscribbler said...

I was just thinking, why hasn't Liz popped up in my reader? I forgot you were away.

I hope you're having a fabulous time, lots of warm weather, and a safe trip back!