I Got This

Taming_messy_teens I live with a pre-teen. Though I’m beginning to think there is no such thing as a PRE-teen. You just wake up one day with this pimply person in your house who is taller than you are and she’s stomping around ranting that she has nothing to wear or whining because she can’t find the socks that you know you’ll find within seconds of walking in the room.

So let’s say I live with a teen.

I would love to say my child is sharp, but I can’t. I hope she’ll outgrow her gooberness. She shows flashes of brilliance, so I’m encouraged, but for now let’s say she’s “challenged” when it comes to common sense.

But her favorite saying these days is, “I got this.” Needless to say, rarely does she “got this”, but she tries and I appreciate her emerging independence.

I am now applying this same saying to my writing. Not to say “I got this” as in “I know what I’m doing.” Let’s not get crazy. For me, writing is a collaboration between me and my characters and recently my characters stood up and said “We got this.”

It makes sense since this is their story. I’m a person who believes in signs, and when the Universe throws the same hint over and over, I’m smart enough to get on board and follow along. Several times in the last month I’ve seen the same message online. Either in blogs, Tweets, or writing articles.

Trust your characters.

Roadsigns So I did. And would you believe, they know what they’re doing? They do, indeed, got this. I’m as surprised as anyone, but I should have known it was true. The signs are always right. My interpretation has been off a time or two, but the signs are always right.

The Universe got this. And thankfully, so do my characters.

3 thoughts on “I Got This”

  1. You terrify me when you talk of teens.
    As to I Got This…. I’m so close to the end (topped 70K last night) and I’m at that point where I don’t even know what the heck is going on. I’m letting the characters drive and I just hope they know what the heck they’re doing. 🙂
    Great job going with the flow, girl! You’re doing a great job!!

  2. Terri Osburn says:

    Marn – I only wish I made up the part about the ranting and raving. The scary part is that I have a good one, and it’s still a daily test. LOL!
    It’s scary to let them have the wheel, and they aren’t always forthcoming with the facts and directions right away, but they’ve come more alive in my mind and the recent turns I didn’t see coming have been really good.
    Huzzah for 70K!!

  3. Sometimes, it’s all about getting out of the way. You do ‘got this’ … they are you and you just have to get out of your way… and damn it, made myself dizzy again!
    Whoop on following the signs!

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