I’ve been using the school holidays to edit my book. Not that I couldn’t do it in school time, but I’m at the point where paper and a red pen is for more constructive than trying to find errors on the computer. Besides it has the upside of me not being on my Mac all the time, which means I’m less likely to get crabby when interrupted. An event that happens more than once a day with four children.
Anyway, since endeavouring to become a cutthroat editor, ruthlessly removing any text that serves no purpose or just sounds dumb, I have realised something about the way I write. I have an obsession with dramatic ending paragraphs.
Given the choice between ending a chapter with something reasonable like ‘he left the room, never noticing her tears,’ or the more attention grabbing, ‘he stormed out in a blaze of glory, never to know the devastation he would leave in his wake,’ I choose the latter.
And whilst that’s not always wrong, when your whole paragraph is normally written and then you end it like an episode of Passions, it does sound a tad ridiculous.
My job at this point is (among other things), removing the overstated sentences. Some of the brilliance I have thus far changed include… (and I fully expect you to read them in your most scandalous sounding voice, and add a ‘dum dum dum’ on the end)
Presenting them in Word Swag Only adds to their theatrics.
Having completed this little exercise though (the word-swagging and paying myself out; not the editing), I have finally decided on some life direction.
I’m going to write soap operas.*
It’s just been staring me in the face this whole time.
Now when considering the best way to write a soap opera, two things really stand out at me.
Believability, and drama.
Ok just drama.
But lucky for you, my blog line is crazy, hopeful AND authentic, (just the other way around), and so my soaps are going to be nothing but the actual truth of life.
One might even say, The Days of Our Lives.
I don’t know where I get this stuff. 😉
And so just for you, on this most special of Tuesdays (for no real reason whatsoever), I thought I’d give you a little taste of my new-found career.
Chilling isn’t it?
Wait till you see the episode.
And because one is never enough…
So what do you think? Do I need to start pitching my stuff to Soap Opera Central?**
Or do I just stick to blogging?
Either way, one thing is clear…
*No. No I’m not.
** Not a real place. I think.