I received a book for Christmas called “The Truth about Style” by Stacy London. I watch What Not to Wear (she is one of the style consultants) and thought it would be a fun pictorial on style. I didn’t expect the “aha” moment it gave me.
In this article, Stacy recounts visiting some friends’ house and remarking on how well their children behaved. The parents’ simple philosophy enables the young ones to first accept what life has given you and then work out how you move on. In the case of the book, the moral was accept the body you have today, not in a week, not when you’ve lost 10 pounds, and then make it look the best it can in the proper clothing. I encourage you to click on the link and read the short article because Stacy has a more eloquent tagline (three paragraphs down) that I didn’t want to poach, even though I gave her credit. Stacy believes it is even a good life philosophy.
Applied to writing, if you know you have problems writing a synopsis, accept it (without saying I’ll never get it right), and then start changing that reality if you aren’t satisfied. Take a class, practice, practice, practice. Don’t ignore it, fix it. If you don’t accept it as the first step, how will you improve your writing?
I recognize that I need to strengthen my setting descriptions, whether it is outside or inside. If I attend writing classes of any kind, I look for presentations in that category.
What are some of the components of writing you find yourself working on to improve? No fair saying EVERYTHING!