Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Confronting Historical Controversy

Local historian Newell Bringhurst will present "Confronting Historical Controversy--Its Risks and Rewards: My Varied Encounters with Tulare County's Colorful Past,"  a talk that will include his research and writing on such controversial subjects as the local Ku Klux Klan, the Visalia Fox Theatre, the history of College of the Sequoias, and Walt Disney's efforts to develop a controversial ski resort at Mineral King, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the TK Literary Networking Group founded by Steve Pastis in the "Blue Room", on the second floor of the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Avenue, Visalia, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 15.
There will be time to network, so bring your business cards – along with your writing friends and associates.
Contact Steve Pastis at 280-9774 for more information.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wandering Through The Weeds

It happens to all of us at some point. Writing is going along well, and then boom. A problem or stumbling block comes along. The question goes something like this.

If I let the protagonist do that, the next scene won’t work, OR, she has to get herself out of this mess. How is she going to do it when she left her weapon at home.

Sometimes I begin to question my original idea, but most often I try a few strategies first.
One is to sleep on it. Somehow my brain goes to work when I sleep, and sometimes I wake with a solution.

Gardening in very therapeutic. My brain can work on all kinds of ideas while my hands are pulling weeds.

A good long walk is kind of like gardening. It’s undisturbed time to mull over ideas and besides, exercise is always good for the brain.

Sometimes I get someone else’s take on the problem, like my son. I get a guy’s angle on it.
And then, in the end, I may just let the protagonist do what I don’t want her to do and see what happens. After all, there’s always the delete key.

Maybe other people don’t run into stumbling blocks when writing. But if you do, how do you handle it?