Thursday, November 6, 2008

Getting "fixed"

I am feeling a little blue this morning. My baby dog, Tinkerbell, had to go into the vet's to get "fixed". Yeah, I know, that is a responsible thing to do for a pet owner, but Tink didn't think so. She whined to get in the car, and then when there, she cried to get out. She knows a car ride almost always involves a stinky vet's office.

Then once we got there, she trembled all over like she had some terrible nerve disorder right up until the time the assistant came to take her back. I tried to make her feel better, calling her a good girl, and snuggling with her. The look of terror in her eyes as she was whisked away told the true tale.

Now what in tarnation does this have to do with writing?

It's analogy time, folks. Because it's scary to "fix" our beloved kitties and puppies and it's terrifying to fix our writing. But fix it we must. Why? To prevent unwanted "critters" from showing up, of course. If you do not go through your work with that proverbial fine-toothed comb and pull out all of the unneeded words, stilted language, plot going into a corner, you will lose your reader.

I personally find this scary, but once I am into it, I am pretty happy. It frees me to find the nuggets of story that are worthy to be in a book with my name on it. Writing a novel takes time, and fixing it equally so, but the end result is always worth the trauma.

I sure hope my baby girl thinks so when I pick her up tonight.


joylene said...

Kim, your timing's perfect. I have a new book in my head. In fact, I've been following around my two main characters for about 6 months. But before I start writing down what they're doing, I really believe I should "fix" the other 3 manuscripts first. This next one is number 6. In the past I've made a bad habit of having more than one on the go. Sort of like scrubbing the kitchen floor, folding the laundry, and painting the bathroom all at the same time.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Oh, poor Tinkerbell! I hope she gets through the operation just fine. You are doing the right thing, as tough as it seems right now, Kim. My grandparents' poodle was named Tinkerbell, and to honor them I named one of the dogs in the LeGarde mysteries after their beloved furry kid. ;o)

Kim Smith said...

Hey Joylene, I hear you. I have trouble keeping the stories straight when I am in the midst of more than one. Hats off to you!

Aaron, the vet called to say she is in recovery but I was smart to take care of this because she had some "issues" and so now I am thankful to have done it.

Marta Stephens said...

I LOVE this analogy! How very true. Still, poor Tink, but soon she'll be back to her old self again and feeling better, I'm sure!

s.w. vaughn said...

Wow - great analogy, Kim! Too true.

And Tink is sooooo adorable!!

Kim Smith said...

Thanks guys :) -- I am soon to be doing a "fix" on Book Two in the Shannon Wallace series, so if I sound "snippy" or "cutting" you will know why *grin*