posted Jan 11, 2013, 11:46 AM by Elaine Busby
Did you realize it was John Lennon who said, "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans?" I have always loved that quote, but had no idea until I began googling around that it was this prophetic Beatle who shared such wisdom with us.
As one who studies writing, I know many authors plan their books, but many others, including mystery writer J.A. Jance, lets life happen for her characters.
I may have an idea what I think is going to transpire in a particular chapter, but oftentimes, my character says something completely out of the blue and I have to go with it. And you know what, it always works out for the best if I don't fight with the character, but explore where he/she may be leading me.
I like to think of it as simple synchronicity. Some say it's being open to the universe. Others, that it's being in the right place at the right time. Or you could call it faith.
In any event, I hope in the new year, you can take a little time out from making plans and enjoy your life.
Thanks, John.