I know I've been slow in the blogging world. Life has been hectic. One thing that has occupied my attention has been finding a job. NOT.FUN!
Let me be honest for a moment. I know the economy is bad. I hear it on the news all the time. I see the stores closing all the time. However, it hasn't impacted me personally until now. Job competition is FIERCE! Extremely fierce! In fact, I've only been called in for ONE interview and I have about 50 resumes out. For this one interview, the job was only public for about 24 hours. In that time, the manager had two days of consecutive interviews set up, back to back! Yes, half hour interviews. WOW. I know this because I know the guy. I used to work for this company about 12 years ago, before I was a mom. That might give me a little edge - or so I thought. But that is a LOT of competition for one little job. Can you say humbling? Or scary? Or frustrating? It's all of the above!
The Point - This applies to our characters as well. At some point in the story our character know about something or someone. This probably creates a feeling of nervousness or fear. But what makes our characters great is when they are thrown right in front of this knowledge.
When knowledge becomes EXPERIENCE!
This creates excitement, fear, suspense, emotion! --- for both our readers AND our characters. These are what make our characters great. To see how they learn and grow through EXPERIENCE. When it is no longer just a rumor or knowledge. No longer a feeling but something they have to encounter and face.
Another Point - This is the same with us! We spend so much time, writing, networking, and attending conferences so we can become better at what we do. We keep practicing and increasing our knowledge. If we persevere... all that hard work is going to turn into publication, which = EXPERIENCE! (or at least a new kind of experience) One day you'll have the insiders perspective of the publishing world! One day you'll be the one planning launch parties and signings! One day you'll be teaching at a conference! It can be intimidating. Or, so I hear! *grins*
But without EXPERIENCE we don't get to grow.
Experience makes us the person we dream about being!
What do you think? Please add something! I could go on & on, but I'm one for shorter blog posts! *holds up a glass of ice cold milk* "Here's to experience! May we all experience it in it's best form!"