Narrative Urgency

Narrative Urgency

So it’s been suggested that I need more of this in the book and so that’s what I’m putting in, baby. Unsurprisingly, I’m finding that they key to adding more narrative urgency is cutting out words. (I knew that eventually some of those darlings* would have to go!)

Just thought I’d put up a post to show that I’m still alive but busy. And lazy.

But one more thing. When I was looking for an image to go with this post and googled “urgency” several pages down on Google Images, I found this!

This is necessary? Are there random circus performers who go around balancing on toilet seats for fun? Do you suppose the management caught someone in the act of doing this? Or did they find a mess large enough to think that this must be how it happened? Or do you think that they noticed people walking out of the bathroom with one wet leg after a failed attempt?

Inquiring minds, and all that…

* This is referencing good advice from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch: “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – whole-heartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscripts to press. Murder your darlings”.

Oh yeah…and just for fun, here’s a video of me every morning because, doggonit…

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5 thoughts on “Narrative Urgency

  1. Thank you for the validation – I murdered a 200 word darling just yesterday! After spending an hour getting it down to exactly 200 words per the submission guidelines.

    And doggone it, people DO like you :)

    • Nice! I actually have a folder in this scriviner file that is the book, labeled, “Darlings” and that’s where those wonderful scene/paragraphs go. Somehow knowing that I have them should i need that particular description again makes it easier to say goodbye…

  2. A place I used to go to in the Bahamas had a sign in the bathroom that said “Please do not use the trash can as a toilet and please sit to pee” In the woman’s bathroom!

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