You know how, as an author, you're allowed to write a crappy first draft, right? The first draft only has one purpose: To catch the story. From there, you edit and polish, until your story gets interesting.
Last night, while discussing this with a writer friend, my main character Amber got a hold of my manuscript.
Oh, shit!" Amber leaned back towards the wall. "Who wrote this crappy scene?"
Mike eyed her from the door. "Some horrible writer for sure, but can you do better?"
"That shouldn't be too hard." She dropped one of the pages to the floor, bent down to pick it up, and dropped the rest of the stack. Papers formed an unorderly fan around her, but what worried her most was the smug smile she imagined would be on Mike's face. She peeked through her silver white hair. Oh, yes, of course he hadn't missed such a great opportunity to gloat.
"Then do it. Write your story as you think it should be."
"I certainly will." She tossed her hair back, got up, and kicked the papers. Who needed them anyway. Then she headed for the table where a computer stood, waiting. I will write my true story, as it really happens.
Five minutes later, she leaned back, proud of her work so far. This was much better than what the crappy author had written. She would just stretch for a moment and then continue.
Her back got warmer. Mike must have walked over to her without she'd heard it. Then he was bent over her shoulder, looking at her screen. "This was just another ordinary day for Amber Shapiro," he read out loud.
"While fighting seven demons, the stunningly beautiful angel managed to have breakfast with her boss and tell him what she planned to do that day. 'So you're off to save the world from another world war?' Her boss nodded approvingly. Amber didn't waste a second. To the sound of a thousand trumpeting angels, she descended to earth in one elegant jump, and began her fight for world peace." Mike smiled. "I'm so glad we got rid of that crappy writer."
What do I want, what do I want?
I’ve never thought about it. A grand-dad? A grand-mother who aren’t so mysterious and silent about what happened?
Somehow I always run into the wrong guys. They start out being oh, so strong, but they always end up running for their mother’s skirt.
So what do I want? Nothing. Nah, that’s not true. I want a strong, handsome and interesting man. A man who isn’t afraid to contradict me. A man I can trust. Faithful. Loyal.
Santa Claus, in other words. Such a man doesn’t exist.
I want my neighbor to be safe. I’ve heard her boyfriend yell at her in a strange foreign language. Or ex-husband. She says they were married, but she left him, and he doesn’t accept it.
Another unhappy marriage.
That’s about it. Easy. World peace, a strong, handsome and loyal husband, and for my neighbor to feel fine and free.
What am I afraid of? Let’s see:
- driving too fast
- handsome men
- not being believed
- a threat to my family
- losing my mind
- getting old
- not getting old
- being bitter
- doing something clumsy