Monday, November 18, 2013

One thing in life you can count on...things CHANGE.

Sounds like a paradox to me.'s true.

You can always count on life changing, and not always in a good way. But isn't that what makes the best stories? A change or challenge to the character that turns their world around? It happens to us every day, so everyone can relate, right? At least anyone who has felt something similar.

What kinds of change do you enjoy? A change of scenery is one of my favorites. That's why I like to read different genre's. I love to explore other cultures. And traveling to new places is awesome! The changing of the leaves in autumn, the pristine blanket of the first snow, the colors of spring flowers and leaves popping from the trees, and the clear blue sky of summer.

What kinds of change aren't enjoyable? Oh, man - that's quite a can of worms. Health changes. Job disruptions. Family deaths. A change of fortune. Those things then affect other things in our lives, like the snowball that rolls down a snowy slope picking up more snow and getting larger and larger
and smacks into whatever is at the bottom of the hill. Like one of us, for example. Splat! We're knocked flat. We're cold. We're wet. We're buried with the wind knocked out of us. (Okay, so I got a little carried away there...sorry.)

What's my point? Hum. Good question. Most people are creatures of habit. We like to find a "comfort zone" and only change it when we have to or when we can control the outcome (like a vacation). We get used to doing things a certain way and don't like it when something changes, like when the computer breaks and we have to...write with a pen. (OMG) Temporary life changer, folks! The key here is "temporary." A life that doesn't vary much from day to day, week to week, or year to year is BORING. We need a bit of variety fairly often if we're going to be happy. Try a new recipe or restaurant. Try a new road to work. Try to learn something new. Try to write something different. Try a new author you've never read before. Try, try, try. I sound like my grandmother, who was very wise and that pleases me very much.

There's a whole lot in the world we don't know or understand. Explore. Investigate. Don't be afraid to change. Most of all...enjoy the journey!

B.D. Tharp
Wichita, KS


Jacqueline Seewald said...

I agree, yet I know myself to be a creature of habit. However, writers need to keep up with new trends, ideas and technology if we're going to write contemporary work.

BD Tharp said...

You've got that right, Jacqui. Thanks for the comment!

Mary Fremont Schoenecker said...

My writing life really changed when electronic books charged the market. I've accepted it and swung into the action just as I made other age-related changes:less golf & dancing and more Yoga and walking.I belong to two book clubs so I've also delved into a few genres that I do not usually read. So I guess change is good.

BDTharp said...

Mary, you are so write. ePublishing turned authors lives upside down. But overall I think change is good.