Friday, September 20, 2013

Act as if what you do makes a difference

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.  -- William James

I would like to thank Rhobin Lee Courtright for including me in this month's Rhobin's Rambles Blog-Round.

This month's topic: Beginnings

An interesting topic, beginnings.  As writer I tend to think in scenes and storylines.  I know that every story makes two promises to the reader: an emotional one, and an intellectual one, since the function of a story is to make you feel and think.  However, there is also a beginning to each day, where I, as a human being, must function in the act of day-to-day living.

As part of this day-to-day living, I am very much aware of how actions, words, and attitude have either a negative or positive effect on others.

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does. 

And if you are aware of Native American Culture, the Lakota know that what you choose to do at any given time, be it a good deed or an evil one, the consequences of that deed impacts seven generations.  Seven generations!

This is why in both my writing and my living, I try to take the high road.  I am not saying I always succeed, but I at least aim for the target.

 I also strive to keep my characters in check.  Even when my villians do truly terrible things (Sister Enid to Tay in Whisper upon the Water), I show motivation and life events so that the reader understands why this event took place; but I never paint the behavior as acceptable.

Beginnings to a story should give the reader a person to focus on, yet in your life's story: you are the main character.

Look at some of the beginnings in your own life.  What have you learned, what stories do you have to share?

Ummm. . .what have I learned?  I've learned that gators can run. . .very fast.  I learned that on a family vacation to a south Georgia swamp.  While that did not make a particularly wonderful life event (especailly at the beginning of the day), but it will make a great scene in a novel or short story.

I also strove to set an example.
1.  I did not scream as I ran. I prayed that my sons would not witness their mother being chomped on by a bellowing alligator. 
2. I explained that my actions (going down to the water's edge) weren't very wise.
3. We discussed what we might watch for so the event was not repeated.
4. After we left the swamp we stopped at a local eattery for fried gator tail. Yes, not taking the high road here.  We called it 'regional food' and left it at that!

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Now let me introduce you to Rhobin Lee Courtright. 
I hope you are enjoying this month's Blog-Round Event.

Connie Vines



Rhobin said...

Chased by a gator -- what a story to pass on. Loved the theme 'Act as if what you do makes a difference'. We all need to take that motto as a guide to life. Enjoyed your post, thanks for participating.

Unknown said...

Wow, Connie. What an adventure you had. My new beginning is really mild compared to yours. I especially like your mention of the Lakota. I tend to have a fascination with that tribe and have included them in a few of my historical westerns. I was totally shocked with reviews of one in which "racism" was claimed and my cover was compared to Victoria Secret's porn. I thought it really captured the essence of a compelling story of what really happened in that era. We'll have to chat sometimes. Seems we have a lot in common. I'm glad Robin started this.

Marci Baun said...

Yowza! You were chased by a gator? While it obviously was a scary experience, this does make for a fantastic scene in a book. Fortunately, you ran faster and didn't trip. (grin)

Great story!

I once toured with a band and learned that I didn't want to do that for my life. LOL That was not nearly as exciting a story as yours. :)


Rhobin said...

I posted a comment earlier, but it didn't seem to take. I really love the quote, it should be a montra for everyone.
Thanks for participating.

darkwriter said...

Great post. I loved the comment about the Lakota. The Lakota know that what you choose to do at any given time, be it a good deed or an evil one, the consequences of that deed impacts seven generations.
I'm copying it and putting it up in front of me.

Lynn Crain said...

Wow! Chased by a gator...I truly have nothing to top that one...but the way you handled it is priceless. I could only hope I had a bat in my hand if one chased me.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful post on beginnings!