Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pushing Through

Have you ever noticed how life can get tough with the slightest disruption to routine. I have a nine week old. Disruption #1.

I have some funky cold/sore throat/ear thing. It wakes me in the middle of the night and keeps me up. Disruption #2.

My husband is traveling for work, leaving me a single parent. (My hats off to those of you who take that role every day!) Disruption #3.

Yet, my responsibilities don't lessen. I still get to put on all of my hats and juggle all my jobs. It's just the way it is.

I've been working on a proposal that still feels flat to me. And I think it's that there isn't enough conflict. The heroine doesn't have enough disruptions going on in her life at the same time. Now my job as the creator of the story world is to wreck some serious havoc in her life. And the Hero's. It seems mean, but if I don't compound everything going on in her life, then you as readers won't stay engaged.

So I'm off to create some disruptions. Some major disruptions. In her life.

4 comments:

PamelaTracy said...

A few months after my son was born, I said to my husband, "I have a new respect for single mothers." Wow.

Cara Putman said...

Isn't it the truth! They are amazing women!

Debby Giusti said...

Cara, loved your mention of the following: my job as the creator of the story world!

You captured what we do...at least at the beginning of the story when we're pulling all the pieces together to make them fit.

Often after I complete one story, I want to take some time off before I begin that creative process again. Especially when the characters have experienced deep pain or have carried heavy baggage from the past. The journey to freedom and acceptance that they are loveable and loved can be painful for the writer. The more my hero and heroine hurt, the more I do, as well.

Hope Mommy feels better soon! :)

Dana Mentink said...

I hear you, Cara. I often feel like I write in fits and starts in between being a mommy to my girls, wife to my hubby, paraprofessional to second graders, etc. I can't IMAGINE how much harder it is as a single parent.