It was a dark and stormy night.
The poster child for how not to begin a novel. The butt of jokes, including in the classic comic strip, Peanuts, with Snoopy, the would-be novelist. The example given in countless “how to” writing articles for why not to open a story with a description of the weather.
And yet, it’s the opening line to an award-winning story.
Do you know which one? (Answer at bottom of post)
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
The first part of that old saying was true in Maryland this year, but I can’t say the same for the last bit. The lion sure seems to want to stick around. I’m glad to say the trees and flowers are fighting back, and signs of Spring are here.
Out with the old and in with the new
You hear this around New Year’s Day or in Spring, the idea being that you sweep away old clutter, garbage, and baggage that weigh you down and begin anew with a clean and fresh environment and frame of mind. That’s where I am with my writing. Having finished up the most recent Meghan Bode short mystery, it’s time I refocus on the novel WIP that stands a chance of finding an audience—Death Out of Time. I’m also looking for the next new idea, whether for a novel or another Meghan novella.
I got nothin’
That pretty well sums up today’s post. Maybe it’s still the winter blues or spring fever is kicking in. Maybe it’s the letdown after finishing Meghan’s latest story. Whatever the cause, I need to find some blog and writing inspiration. Hopefully an afternoon in DC will provide some.
The award-winning book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It won a Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Writers can break the rules. But we have to understand them first in order to be successful.
How about you? If you’re in the northern hemisphere, are you bounding with energy as the days grow longer? Or are you still waking up from that long winter’s nap? If you’re “down under,” are you zapped from a hot summer and ready for a cooler spell?