Clippers Tomorrow

04 Apr

I just finished Mister’s 3 am feeding. Yes, he still has those. All I want to do is go back to bed. I lift the covers and slide my legs in. I hit something sharp. The cat’s claws. I slide over toward my husband’s side of the bed and try again. There is something sharp there too! My husband’s toenails. I swear he files each one to a point.
I have a couple of choices:
1. I can risk blood loss and kick my way to more space
2. I can squeeze between my pointy bedmates and make the most of the middle
Being non-confrontational, I choose number two and vow to get out the clippers for both tomorrow.

How do you make the most of the middle of your writing?


Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Middles


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2 responses to “Clippers Tomorrow

  1. Katie

    April 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Most of my writing experience has come in the form of a journal or school papers, but it is usually always the same. You know what you want to write about and sometimes you are even lucky enough to know how to start and how to end your writing. The middle is tricky. I think the key is to not overdo it. It is easy to get carried away (I have a habit of including minute facts and irrelevant details) and fill your middle with too much unnecessary “stuff”. So to make the most of the middle, I guess I try to make sure that it compliments the beginning and end. Cut out the extra “stuff” that doesn’t matter and make sure there is just enough middle.

  2. Ellen

    April 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    It may be exasperating but I really like to just stop, highlight the trouble spots bits where it needs work or more or less info and send the half finished draft to my lovely sisters. This to me signifies a break when I can sit back and think about the piece. Then I usually print it out, write all over it with arrows and numbers rearranging the paragraphs and pages, tighten sentences, add notes for new material, cut stuff. By that time my sisters will have usually sent suggestions which probably no longer apply.


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