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I Got This

on September 17, 2011

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.