Me: I added something to my novel that I love.
Secretly-Supportive-But-Very-Mischievous-Husband: [Tears eyes from computer screen.] What?
Me: In the second scene when Flick and Kyra eat dinner, he takes the turnips out of his bowl and absentmindedly pushes them to Kyra, and then she EATS THE TURNIPS.
SSBVMH: I see.
Me: That adds like sooooooo much. Do you know like HOW MUCH that adds?
SSBVMH: That . . . Flick doesn't like turnips?
Me: Well, yes but what else?
SSBVMH: I got nothin’
Me: Well you OBVIOUSLY aren't cut out to be an author then. I'll explain it to you.
SSBVMH: Wait, no! Anything but that! I take it all back!
Me: Then what does it tell you?
SSBVMH: . . . . That Flick reeeaally doesn't like turnips?
SSBVMH: That Kyra does like turnips?
Me: OMG. It means like they have such a long history of eating together and know each other so well that they’ve worked out this seamless routine based on their food preferences.
SSBVMH: Oh. [Pause] Well it's not that good if you have to explain it.
Which is all a long way to say that blog posts have been scarce because I've been revising like an obsessed madwoman. But more soon, and a guest post on Monday from Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
What kind of conversations do you have with your family members about writing?
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