Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nature of Beginnings (Part 2)

Hi folks, this will be a three part series on beginnings. This is part two. My posts will be short for a while but hopefully useful.

I'm relating beginnings to what we find in nature because that's how I figure stuff out. Explosive beginnings are common in nature. Think the big bang. On a local scale -- volcanoes exploding, floods pouring, and meteors colliding. Earthquakes happen along fault lines. Epidemics sweep through populations unopposed. When searching for the beginning of a story, it's a good idea to get near to the day when things changed forever. If you are near the day nothing happened, your story is not going to fly. If stuff starts happening midway through the book, well, that ought to be the start. If nothing really happens to the end, you may have a lot of rewriting to do.

I hope you work hard this week and get tons done. :)

This week's doodle is "Kid Sees a Fish."

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.


Richard Jesse Watson said...

Great input, Molly. I needed exactly that. Tomorrow I have to find a way to do a summary illustration for a publishing proposal. I need to dive right into the big deal, to capture the essential whoah! And the Pericles quote is so true. Beautiful. Love it. Thank you.

MollyMom103 said...

You are welcome, Richard. I'm glad in some small way I was able to help you move forward.