Tip number four

4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.

8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story, Kurt Vonnegut

So at this point, the wake up call has happened. She is 49 years, 8 months and 21 days – just so we know what o’clock she is at.

I am not quite sure how to advance the action. Fifty seems like a good number to begin something. Maybe she finds love in her back pocket? That her name has held the key to her long dormant superpower? Elusive Ozone would breathe a righteous gust then disappear to the Tropic of Cancer.

Impossible things before breakfast

  • begin the next career as a flamenco dancer
  • pick up that baby Taylor and sing and play like Tuck and Patti
  • lose regret, make peace with men loved and lost and buried in a box of non-existence
  • make it alright for everyone I know
  • walk across the room, wake a sleeping lover with a kiss
  • get through 32 rounds of BopIt

What will happen today will be follow up calls to doctors. Maybe find out why my left leg continues to be electric.

Make coffee. Pick out a dress for Chris and Erin’s wedding. Get through the day. Advance the action.

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