Thursday, August 23, 2012

Required reading

It occurred to me that it might not be a bad idea if we paused around the age of forty and made a kind of plot outline of our lives. At that age, we are in Act Two of a Three Act play, so to speak. A lot of action is probably taking place. The events in Act One led up to this moment. So, what will happen in Act Three? Maybe a character outline will help. What characteristics do I have, and what is my "fatal flaw," as they say in mysteries. Hopefully not actually fatal, that is, but something that holds me back. What about the people who influence my life? And what influence do I have on them? All this will have a bearing on Act Three. Hopefully, you have some idea of where you want to be at that point. So write the story the way you want it to turn out. At forty, you still have options. Act Two is full of possibilities. Act Three is the plane landing at the airport. OK, now I'm here. I hope you're where you want to be. Buy the ticket now.

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