Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What the Angels Have to Say

Autumn always makes me reassess my life goals. I had a spiritual intuitive read Angel cards for me several weeks ago. It was an interesting experience. I asked the question, “Should I continue writing?” The intuitive shuffled through her two decks of Angel cards and did a three-card spread.

The first card said I should turn off the “inner critic” when I write. You know, that little voice (that sometimes isn’t so little) that comments on every single word I put on the page. The one that questions character motivation, plot development, word choice, leads, endings… the list is endless. That inner critic always sounds like a very proper English teacher and she’s damn annoying most of the time. This card in the reading is giving me permission to tell Ms. Critic (maybe Sister Critic – after all, I went to Catholic schools for twelve years so…) to SHUT UP! I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it, but if I can, I might be able to write something that breaks the rules a little and really catches the attention of readers.
The second card said I should try to walk in the shoes of my characters so I can get at their true emotions. I will be able to write more griping reactions to story events if I can tap into the souls of my fictional friends. Now, characters are my writing strength – many of my reviews comment on my characters and how real they seem. I’m looking forward to connecting with them on a deeper level to see where that leads me… well, where it leads us, technically, I suppose. This may be a challenge for me as a person. I tend to not mess around with emotions all that much. I shrug off things that bother me and rarely have strong reactions, positive or negative, to events that occur in my life. I’m not sure why I do that, but I’ll have to push that aside if I want to get in touch better with my characters… and myself.

The final card said that I must write, because, as the intuitive said, “People need to read what you write.” She emphasized the word need and repeated this entire line more than once as if making sure I heard it and internalized it. I’d like to know what I should write that people need to read. Is it adult romance or young adult romance or both? Is it the political story my husband and I are working on? Is it the educational book on writing for teachers I’m currently editing? Is it poetry? Is it something I haven’t thought of writing yet?
I don’t have the answer to these questions, but I’m going to keep writing just the same. I’ve tried not writing in the past and it never sticks. Not when ideas are all around me, jumping in my lap, screaming in my ear, sometimes slapping me in the face. 

I’m a writer. I guess I knew that, but it was nice to have the Angels confirm it.
What would you ask the Angels?


Chris YA Romance Teaching Writing


Jannine Gallant said...

Sounds like the angels had some good advice, Chris!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Chris, you certainly got your answer and then some. I think many of us would ask the same question. Go angels!

Barbara Edwards said...

Interesting reading. My angels are teaching me patience. sigh.

Alicia Dean said...

Oh wow, I love this blog post...very interesting and inspiring. I love the answers the Angels had for you. I could use some of that advice myself. I hope you're able to listen to the Angels. :-) You MUST turn off that inner critic. Remember two things; No one will look at your work until you're ready, so just write. AND, it's better than you think. You are your own worse critic.

Best of luck!