A Boring Life

POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

A Boring Life

My life is so boring. Nothing ever happens to me. I just want to have a good adventure.

Does that sound familiar? It does to me. I said that for years and years. I was a stay-at-home mom of three energetic brilliant children while my husband traveled for business constantly. Then one day I suddenly realized that as boring as life seemed, I actually was having huge adventures daily.

These adventures have occasionally made appearances in my writing, sometimes as just a cameo appearance or an extra complication, sometimes as the centerpiece of the story.

If you get to a place in your writing and you’re not sure what comes next, think about some of the things you’ve seen or experienced. Dwell on some of the conversations you had during the day with your kids, parents, co-workers or spouses. A writer told me once that when she gets stuck, she looks at current events and works them into the action. Not only does that move the story along, but it gives it an air of realism.

Never forget the saying, “I’m a writer. Be careful or you might end up in one of my novels.”

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.

By Nandy Ekle

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