Monday, July 9, 2012

What I Learned From A Bachelorette Party



So. A friend of mine is getting married later this week, and last night, she hosted a bachelorette party. There were no Magic Mikes in attendance. We weren't in a nightclub or in Vegas or InTheMiddleOfNowhere. My friend opted for dinner by the sea, accompanied by the ladies in her family and girlfriends. I thought it was great of her to want something on the low-key side--it gave us tons of chances to just... talk

At one point, my friend's mom asked everyone in attendance to do a sort of roundtable and dispense advice for the bride to be. Most people told her to make Patience her new best friend, and to never let an argument live longer than it should. 

I told her to cling to surprise. To keep things unexpected, not monotonous. But not just for her marriage, but for herself as well. I want my friend to be happy, and to me, happiness comes from magical things like love (romantic and non-romantic), art (of all kinds), and Channing Tatum experiences I haven't had yet but am willing to pursue.

Don't fall into a rut, folks. And when you do, remember That Thing You Haven't Done Yet But Are Aching For. Then go ahead and do it. :)


Now tell me: how do you keep things surprising and fresh in your writing?   


8 comments:

  1. What great advice and it sounds better than my bachelorette party. Nothing says Bride-to-be like waking up on your parent's bathroom floor. Heh..heh...ehhhhhhh.

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    1. Thanks! And WHOA. Sounds like you had waaaaaay too much fun. But hey, you turned out okay, didn't you? ;)

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  2. I love coming up with writing advice for myself when I'm doing things like socializing. this is great! You're so right--if you write the same thing for too long you'll bore yourself AND your readers.

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    1. That's one of my biggest fears when it comes to writing: boring myself and my readers. And nothing says "meh" than not taking risks. Best of luck with your writing, Kristen!

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  3. Never accept cliche, be aware of patterns, and if the story wants to deviate, let it! :)

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    1. *fist pump* YES. This. I'll take this advice to heart :D

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  4. Avoid cliches like the plague, let the characters do the talking and write without adverbs wherever possible.

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  5. From the invitations for the bachelorette party to the favors, everything needs to have both an element of surprise and a personalized touch to it to help make this once in a lifetime event memorable for everyone.

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