Adding to the toolbox

A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph, a novel is a film — Lorrie Moore

I guess if we were to go by the analogy of the commitment needed to write a novel is equivalent to a marriage, then I’ve gone through two marriages. 

Well, at least I don’t have to deal with pre-nups or divorces. Wow, no lawyers involved. Imagine that. 

While I have every intention of entering another marriage or two, it seems my brain wants a tryst, but not necessarily a love affair. If a short story is a love affair, what the hell is the equivalent to a tryst? Probably some sort of one-night stand, right? 

Anyway, my brain has no interest in entering a marriage at the moment (but I’m not opposed to looking around and keeping my eyes open because you never know, right?). And I’m totally fine with that because I’m still writing… just not marriage material writing. I mean there is commitment involved but not the official kind. Just a different kind of commitment.

Maybe this is my version of sowing my wild oats? It’s probably more of a case of finding a balance or adding variety to my writing life. Regardless, I’m having fun right now because I gotta get in my kicks before February rolls around when life gets in the way and I’ll be bitching and screaming until mid-April.

Right now, I’m just trying to sharpen the tools I have in my writing toolbox… and perhaps throw a couple of new ones into the mix. That’s an exciting prospect considering I’m have no idea which tools will end up in my toolbox. 

To be honest, I don’t knowing what I will end up acquiring. I say ‘Surprise me.’ This should be fun.

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