Wednesday, April 21, 2010
If you have children, you'll know that there are sooooooooo (I repeat, sooooooooooooo) many things to keep track of in raising them.
Minimum time in front of the TV. Proper fruits and vegetables. Milk and juice and water intake monitored. Teaching--money, time, numbers, letters, reading, writing, using scissors. Personal hygene--bathe themselves, brush their own teeth, POTTY TRAINING! Then add in the nurturing aspects--time together as a family, one-on-one time with each child, plenty of reading, telling stories, playing outside, learning about the environment, taking care of others.
And if you are a writer, then you'll know that creating and growing a book can be very similar. Creating characters means taking care of them. Creating a storyline means seeing it through to completion. Think of all the things you have to keep up with...
Plot twists. Character development. Setting details. Clues sprinkled here and there. Character emotions. Where you're going. Where you've been. The truth. The lies. The proper mixes of crime and honesty. The right combo of dark and light.
So, how do you keep up with it all? What tricks or programs do you use to keep yourself, and your creation, on track? I am specifically asking about writing, but if you have tips on child-rearing, I'm open to those as well. : )
This post was originally published on Tuesday, but a writer's realization that she was about to miss a very important date in history forced its retraction. So, if you are experiencing deja vu, do not fear, it's not just you! See yesterday's post for the important replacement.
Posted by Michele Emrath at 5:05 AM