February 26, 2006

It’s All in Your Head

You know what’s fun? I started doing this recently whenever Beth goes to BBC News online to see what they say is going on in the US. Beth was perfectly content to read it as is, but since I have to read what she wants to read, I made her start reading it with a British accent. No no, not out loud, just internally, inside her own head. It’s great fun.

Try it if you’re not British. Everyone around you will wonder what you’re laughing at. Hey, you don’t have to tell them you’re laughing at yourself because you have such a crappy British accent, which only you can hear. They’ll leave you alone because they think you’re crazy. But you know better. You’re just having fun for a change while you read the news.

I was thinking this week. I already told you I do that , although it’s not always apparent. Anyhow, it seemed to me, while watching the Olympics, that a lot of what goes on there, the reactions of the athletes who win, is true in the writing world as well as in the sports world.

When you fall you get right back up and try again.

It’s kind of disheartening to see so many people who really, really want to have written a book fall by the wayside because they don’t want to go through all that trouble all over again so many times, but I’ve seen it a lot. Most people stop because it’s Just Too Hard and it Just Takes Up Too Much Time.

But that’s the big difference between novelists who succeed and noveliests who fail. Honest, it is. Having the confidence in yourself, even when you know you don’t know everything and are still learning, even when you’ve tried and tried again and it’s still wrong, to absolutely KNOW you CAN do it, that sooner or later you WILL succeed.

For a long time now I’ve known that if you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. That’s a cliche, yes, but it’s still true.

Whatever’s in your own head determines whether you’ll go where you want to go.

Love y’all madly, see you again in a few days,
Hotclue

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  1. Hey, Hots, if you think a British accent is funny you should try an Irish one. I once knew a guy from Belfast, no it’s not the start of a limirick!, who was so full of himself, ahh we’ll save that for another time.

    Writing is tough. You are one lucky little chickee though. You have the best teacher in the world sharing a body with you. I’m surprised she hasn’t used her infamous two-by-four on you.

    So here’s my question to you, Hots; when is your delicious little self going to crank out a hot novel?

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  2. It’s not so much that I think British accents are FUNNY, it’s what happens when you try to read a BBC article IN an internal British accent. You find your eyebrows lifting, your whole face changes and you’re not making a sound except in your head. I crack myself up every time I make Beth do that, LOL!

    As for Beth and me writing a new hot novel, I think when Scoutmaster is finished we’re going to start a new one called Winter Carnival, which is about a married woman in her late fifties who falls into a turbulent, boiling hot love affair with a much younger man, then finds out, as people around her start getting murdered, that he’s not really what he seems. How’s that sound?

    Thanks and Hugs,
    Hotclue

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  3. Sounds very good and can’t wait to read it. Is Beth going to let you write the sex scenes?

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  4. ROFL, I don’t think hotclue is going to let Beth anywhere NEAR writing sex scenes. I’m beginning to feel like Eliza Doolittle, “The rain in Spain, …”

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  5. The RAIN in SPAIN lies MAINly on the PLA-AINE! I think I’ve got it! By George, I’ve GOT it! But I have a definite problem with Beth over sex scenes. She likes to write them leaving a bit of mystery behind most of the time.

    However, there’s always duct tape and rope…

    Love y’all,
    Hotclue

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