Monday, February 6, 2012
a question for you: moving past the beginning
i wrote a paragraph on friday night.
it was succinct and short and simply an introduction. but i loved it.
the first five lines of the novel. the one i've put off for 24 years. the one i've been formulating and rewriting on napkins and old receipts, on word documents and the back of worksheets. the one that will compile and make sense of the senseless one-liners i've texted into my phone.
this is the story that will put words to the feeling i get in my gut when i hear a certain song at five in the evening with the sun beating down on the interstate.
but what followed was rubbish.
the second paragraph was just awful and i erased it immediately, almost embarrassed at the lines that flowed from my fingers.
so i have a question for you. you bloggers and authors. you painters. you etsy sellers. you early morning musicians and late night poets.
how do you continue? how do you push past the curse of the blessed first sentence? i'm afraid i've entered the party in my best dress and i can never make such a dramatic entrance again.
how do you turn back around, put on something else, and saunter back into the crowd?
p.s. speaking of bloggers, my friend jen from singing in the rain is hosting a giveaway as part of her one year blogoversary. hop on over and enter to win a giveaway to my etsy shop!