. . . take five minutes out of your busy life and . . .
. . . take time to . . .
- smell the coffee
- breathe in the scent of the air after a gentle rain
- listen to the sounds of leaves popping off a tree on a crisp autumn morning
- watch a spider spin its web
- watch the rabbit eat the monkey grass you paid good money for
- enjoy a glass of wine
- enjoy a margarita
- enjoy the world around you, as you take a step back, forget about deadlines, places to be, people to see, eating green eggs and ham in a box with a fox, or in the rain on a train . . .
You see, life is passing each and every one of us by. We're not taking time to watch the parade because we're too darn busy with this crazy thing called life.
My question: how are we truly supposed to write about the brief moments in time when we stop to just take in the beauty all around us, if we never stop to take in the beauty all around us?
How can I truly capture the essence of a cold, crisp autumn morning and the sound of leaves popping off the tree and gently falling to the dew soaked, slightly frosty ground, if I don't experience that moment?
Yeah, I know, I'm a writer and should be able to write about that moment without experiencing such a moment . . . but . . . isn't it better to write about something I know?
So, my challenge, to each and every reader of this blog, past, present, and future . . . STOP whatever you're doing and take some time to watch the chickadees at the bird feeder, or the deer wandering through the backyard and eating your prized roses, or the wild turkey that suddenly appears out of nowhere to eat your neighbor's blueberries, or sit outside with a cup of coffee on a cool autumn morning to stare up at the bluest-of-blue skies you've ever seen in your life.
As writers, we can create fantastic characters, worlds, and situations, but every now and then our characters need to STOP whatever they're doing in the crazy scenarios we've created in the depths of our imagination and let them just experience a subtle, quiet moment of life on a crisp autumn day or . . . whatever!
So, if your characters can do such a momentous thang, shouldn't you?