My dog is an opportunist she watches perched on top of her chair and waits patiently as I prep dinner in the kitchen. She always knows there are morsels of scraps in the trash bin and will seize the opportunity to raid the bin as soon as I leave the room.
The end result is disaster across my kitchen floor and the only words uttered across my breath are “SADIE!” She then like any scolded child slinks to her room and hides for the next hour.
The other day as I removed the chicken bones from the stock and threw them in the bin. The girl could not contain herself and within seconds she had lifted the bones from the trash in front of my very eyes.
The NERVE! She didn’t even have the impulse control to wait until I left the room.
In my life I can be just as impulsive! It is that moment of throwing caution to the wind with that extra shot of tequila or two on the beach and enjoying the freedom to dance all night long. A good idea can have the same effect and it strikes when you least expect it!
The next day usually results with a very strong hangover. The spur of the moment of creating and the end result always a disaster! But the key of a good idea gone ugly is surviving the hangover.
My routine is to awaken with weary eyes, blink several times, slumping down in my chair, and then force myself into the process of revision. The room spins from the agony of it all but deep down I know there is a story to tell. Just as there is poutine waiting to rescue my belly from the heaviness of a hangover – there is a keyboard waiting for my fingers to connect to my brain and revise the story.
If you are good opportunist you wait to share that story not at its first, second, third, or fourth draft. You wait until it is perfected and that your words will be understood. All you need to do is lift the idea from the bottom of the bin, polish, and then trim it with cautious love. Some days revising feel like a spinning hangover but in the end I know with patience I will be sharing my first novel with you.