I'd always wanted a sister and then Glynis, who lives in Australia, found me via my website and we adopted each other.
Today Glynis gets the distinction of being my first (and maybe only) guest blogger. Over to Glynis -
THINKING OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
Writers need to learn to see things from different angles. We can be in a situation that stresses us but need to rise above this if we're to use these feelings and experiences in a story.
Here's an example.
A few months ago our dog, Benny, kept getting on my nerves. He's a lovable mongrel, don't get me wrong, but one day I said to a friend, "Icould kill that dog today."
"Do it," said Bruce. He's a writer too and knew I was dabbling in whodunits.
"No editor is going to use a story about a dog getting murdered," I said.
"Then make him a man," said Bruce.
And I did. I gave him the qualities that'd been bugging me about Benny - and I gave him his name so my feelings would come across in my writing.
Woman's Day bought the story last week.
Next time something or someone bugs you, tap into those feelings. But do it from a perspective that works for you. Step outside the experience, don't be limited by it.