I posted on my own blog on Saturday about writing dangerously. It's a term my crit partner, Laura Pauling, used to get me to think outside the box.
I can't get it out of my mind. Write Dangerously. We joked about putting it on a t-shirt. But what does it mean?
My MS is largely based on my own memories. It's not memoir, but it's drawn on things I did as a teen, my family, friends, our family business. And it's been a hard climb because I've been stuck in "what really happened" vs. fiction. And I realize that I haven't been writing dangerously. I'm worried about making characters do things that didn't happened, say things that weren't said, etc.
My character, Kate, IS me. But she can't be--I need to write her dangerously. While keeping the things that work about the character and the MS.
Kill the darlings, they say. You don't have to delete the first draft, but try to write from scratch. It's scary, I know. I'm still working on it. But Write Dangerously.
How do you write dangerously?
Kris, wondering if she's getting more mileage than she should from this topic. And thanking Laura for her wisdom and kicks in the butt.