Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bats in the Belfry

Some people find writing fiction as easy as pie. But for others, myself included, it's like pulling teeth. Consistent, day-to-day writing is my Achilles heel as overzealous editing makes me feel like I'm chewing nails and spitting tacks. Sometimes I drive myself so crazy I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached.

It's a winning combination to have writing partners who crack the whip in my face now and then. Although I do think both Methodius and Heidi can be all talk and no action when it comes to threatening me with deadlines - at least they've never made me swim with the sharks.

Heidi is a really sweet deal but Methodius is as sly as a fox and sometimes slicker than snot on a door knob. But I know they'll both stick with me and my writing quirks come hell or high water. They just want to help me see the Big Picture and not get my knickers in a knot.

Besides, you can't learn to swim without getting in the water! Hopefully I'll soon be clucking and bucking with the other hens.

Before you think I have bats in the belfry, count up the cliches and give me your best shot. Don't wait for the ink to dry - if you snooze, you lose. But if lady luck shines on you, you'll get bragging rights and your just desserts. (I make a mean banana bread).


  1. My head's spinning... (bet you had fun writing this one :)
    I'm also guessing 24 too...

  2. Opps... no 'too' needed...
    See!! That's from my spinning head... ;)

  3. Well Dori, writing is like never forgetting how to ride a bike, and getting up when you are down. Not to mention, just getting down to brass tacks. So, pick up your socks, and give it a 110% no matter what flies are in the ointment.

  4. Todd, I find it a matter of concern that both writing critiquers seem to spout cliches so readily... but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I suppose every rose has its thorn. Whatever floats your boat.

  5. Heidi, penny for your thoughts, don't hold back :). and besides, what goes around comes around, especially if we are going to chew the fat on Doris' blog.

  6. I hope you keep chewing the fat on my blog as it would help me lose a pound of flesh (or two). For those of you who are down for the count, fair warning, there is a red herring in the cliche mix.

  7. Okay, I got 25, but I included the one on the photo of the guy's shirt. So, if that's not included in YOUR count, then I agree, the number is 24.

    I love banana's enough to drive me around the bend. :)

    Kelly :)

  8. I think you were flogging a dead horse as you tried to include cliche after cliche. :)

  9. Todd, let's just cut to the chase. When it comes to cliches, all I can say is: when it rains, it pours.

  10. I know everyone is chomping at the bit to see who the bell-ringer is. Well, the answer is 23. The red herring was "if lady luck shines on you." Not a cliche but a dorisfleck original (soon to be a cliche). The cliches with "luck" in them are:

    That's the way lady luck dances.

    Don't push your luck.

    If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.

    Stay tuned for next months look at the most marvelous metaphors :)