Wednesday, February 5, 2014
IWSG : Intro For The Book I'll Never Write
An introduction sets the tone for the story. Since I've procrastinated for so long, I finally decided to dive right in with a mother/ daughter dialogue. I'd appreciate any advice from the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Keep in mind that this is only a rough draft, and I'll probably have to hire a live-in editor. Be sure to visit Alex J. Cavanaugh, and the rest of the encouraging IWSG.
I couldn't wait a minute longer, so I called my mom.
Mom: Jeopardy's on.
Me: Oh, well do you want to call me back?
Mom: It's a commercial.
Me: Did you get a chance to read my first chapter?
Mom: Read it to me fast.
Me: It's several pages. Didn't Kerry drop it off for you?
Mom: What is an oxymoron?
Mom: I got it right! Jeopardy's back on.
Me: Could you just read the chapter when your program's over?
Mom: Well, then I'll have to get ready for dinner.
Me: But it's not even 3:00 yet.
Mom: I'm trying to avoid the rush hour traffic.
Me: You're just taking the elevator downstairs to the dining room.
Mom: You cannot believe the walker pile ups we have here at dinner time.
Me: So I don't suppose you want to talk about which actress will play you in the movie?
Mom: How about Ann-Margret?
Me: I was thinking Shirley MacLaine.
Mom: She would've been great twenty years ago, but she hasn't aged too well.
Me: She looks like she's in pretty good shape to me.
Mom: Nah, too many wrinkles, and she needs to do something with her hair.
Me: Even though she's not a redhead, Rita Moreno would be perfect. She has an EGOT: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.
Mom: She sounds a little over qualified to be in one of your projects, but if I coached her, she could play me. Rita did look great at the SAG Awards. I'll bet she could still dance too. You better add a dance number.
Me: If I throw in a dance number, will you read it?
Mom: There's my other phone. You could hold on, but I might disconnect you. I still don't know how to work this newfangled call waiting. I'll call you back after dinner. Bye.
He turned the last page, and thought for a moment. Then he asked if English was my first language. He also mentioned that I failed to introduce any of the other characters in the story. For example, Kerry. Surely, Kerry was more than just a messenger. He must have had a profound influence on my life. The reader deserved to know from the onset about his nurturing relationship with me and my mother. He was adamant that Kerry was the glue that held this story together. Once he was established as a major character, the book would practically write itself.
I couldn't thank my brother enough for his guidance. Then I waved as his silver SUV with the license plates "Kerry K," pulled out of the driveway.
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