If there’s anything in life more fun for me than getting away, it’s getting away with it.
Seriously, is there anything more delicious than knowing you’ve done something you probably shouldn’t have, and not getting in trouble for it? Come on. Admit it–it’s pure bliss. The dash of naughty that makes it (whatever your favorite “it” happens to be) oh-so-nice.
(Unless, of course, a sprinkle of guilt is not your life-condiment of choice. In which case … um, sorry. And may I add that your halo is looking lovely today? Quite fetching. I have one myself–I’m sure it’s around here someplace. I try to wear it most days, but I confess it doesn’t fit all that well, and tends to slide off easily.)
When I was a kid, it was all about managing to stay up past my bedtime without my parents noticing, or eating dessert before dinner. (*cough* That one might still apply.)
Teenage Me was giddy if I managed to push the curfew limits without getting grounded.
Adult Me gets a secret thrill when I can sneak in an hour or so reading trashy novel when I really should be [doing laundry/cleaning house/paying bills/yanking weeds/grocery shopping, etc.].
And Writer Me … well, Writer Me gets a real kick out of breaking Those Rules. You know the ones. The ones that if you break them you’ll never, ever get [an agent/an editor/published/a good review].
Me, I tend to agree with Andy Warhol:
Here are few “rules” I broke while writing In a Fix (and these are just in the first chapter!):
Show, don’t tell.
Write what you know.
Don’t use adjectives and/or adverbs.
Never have a character look in a mirror.
(I’d tell you how I broke them, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the suspense. *grin*)
Ha! Got away with it! (Er, sorry. Sometimes that’s hard to resist.)
And here are a few others I’ve broken, either in subsequent chapters of In a Fix, or in other books:
Don’t start (a book/chapter/scene) with dialogue.
Don’t include a dream scene.
(Of course, it remains to be seen if I’ve truly gotten away with the ones I broke in the other books. I like to think so, but only time will tell.)
My MC, Ciel Halligan, shares my joy in getting away with stuff. (Hmm. Wonder where she gets that from…) Though, after a few … um, explosive … moments, she is understandably
superstitious cautious about expressing her delight, so she’s trying to reform.
What have you gotten away with lately? (Either in real life or your writing. I’m not picky.)
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