Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Leap of Faith

Writers deserve hazard pay. By definition, our chosen profession is unpredictable and full of risk. A successful writer cannot cling to safe topics and homely characters who always do and say the right things. Instead, we give our characters gray hair, a less-than-endearing stutter, and a midlife crisis at twenty-five. 

Life is far from perfect. The last thing people want to read at the end of a long day is how a happy-go-lucky character got a promotion and celebrated with a perfect night out on the town. Readers want to sink into a cozy chair and live vicariously through death-defying characters. To allow the reader to stay safe and sound while experiencing danger and intrigue, writers must take all the risk. Some writers may wish for a nice, pot-hole free tole road, but most of us slash the parachute and dive into a lightning storm, hoping to find a little inspiration.

Reference (because plagiarizing isn't cool)

Shepard, M. (2013). Good reads. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/161380-sometimes-your-only-available-transportation-is-a-leap-of-faith