Words, words, words! Put them in order and you can work miracles. Leave them laying about and you can cause lots of problems. It’s all a matter of organization. Planning and preparing. Perspective and knowledge. Finding the right nouns, verbs, and a sprinkling of adjectives because, dude, those are weak words. You want a strong sentence, especially at the beginning of your story. Make exactly the right choice. Choice! There’s a word with a few meanings!
choice [ chois ]
- an act or instance of choosing; selection: Her choice of a computer was made after months of research. His parents were not happy with his choice of friends.
- the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option: The child had no choice about going to school.
- the person or thing chosen or eligible to be chosen: This book is my choice. He is one of many choices for the award.
- an alternative: There is another choice.
- adjective, choic·er, choic·est.
- worthy of being chosen; excellent; superior.
- carefully selected: choice words.
of choice, that is generally preferred: A detached house is still the home of choice.
Origin of choice
1250–1300; Middle English chois < Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose < Germanic.
A Romance novel is my book of choice, but I like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns — Any book with words, pretty much. I like to choose words from which I can make jokes, some times. My choice of food at the moment is made as a flexivore. In other words, I avoid red meat as much as I can, especially during the week. On the weekends, bacon had better run.
My choices today were not very good. I went to my writing group and had a lovely time with my dear ones, but played games and goofed off and didn’t write this. I mean, what the heck? A three day weekend of unbearable heat and my brain melted. I choose to regroup and write a bunch more in the days to come. I’m editing a scene I’ve written at least a billion times. I have to edit out a character and have him come in later. The moment is a big impact one for my hero.
Adam is having dinner at the home of his former boss, his great-uncle by marriage, and waiting for his son to come home from a sleep-over. He hasn’t seen AJ in 5 years. When the boy finally does walk in, he’s in the company of the man Adam believes framed him. He’s trying to find key evidence to bring charges against the man, and rather hoped the fellow wouldn’t find out about Adam’s release from prison. Yes, I did choose to make the story complicated. And that’s only his Point of View. Valerie brings a whole ‘nother shade of complicated to Adam and the story at large.
My choice is to be a writer and to think up complicated plots. This is one of the few times I have thrown my characters into the alligator pool and then made their situation dangerous. I hope I get this version written and ready to publish soon. Other stories are clawing at my brain, but my choice is to ignore them for now.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.