Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wild Card Weekend - Wishing

Dandelions, white butterflies, four leaf clovers, twinkling stars, fountains... Pink Heart Society editor Jenna Bayley-Burke will use any excuse to make a wish.

With as many wishes as I make, you'd think I'd have a handful on a continuous loop in my mind. But wishing never gets old for me. I wish for the first thing I think of when I see a wish cue - the four leaf clover my youngest boy found last night had me wishing the house would sell quickly (waiting to hear on the counter offer now). A white butterfly made me remember to wish that I'd be able to pull through the parking spot at Costco instead of backing out. That always makes my day.

It's important that we know what our dreams are. I'm hoping to some day have enough money to travel comfortably, an office to write in, and the fitness level to hike up Multnomah Falls without swearing.

Knowing what our characters wish for is just as critical. It can be silly like never having to cook again or profound like a life where money did not cause worry or anxiety. When a star streams across the sky, what is the first wish in their mind?

Finding the true hope of a character makes them real and relatable. Some heroines wish for chubby cheeked babies, others wish that birth control never fail them. Some hope to run a marathon, others pray theire is a pint of ice cream in the fridge since their done with the one in their lap.

Some people are so afraid of disappointement, they don't wish at all. Tragic really. Wishing is free, and when a wish comes true it is even better than the event alone. Once you've committed to the wish - even in the silence of your own mind as you blow our your birthday candles - move towards the success. If you want to see your name on the best seller list...make your word count, or at least read best sellers until you know what it is they have that makes them un-put-downable.

Take a moment right now to think of three things you - or your characters - would wish for. You never know when a magic lamp complete with genie might appear. Best to be prepared. Go ahead and dream, feel free to wish, and enjoy the way it all comes together beautifully.

Jenna is wishing hard that the offer on the house goes through - it keeps her from thinking about what her editor might think of her next title for Mills & Boon Modern Heat. In the meantime, Compromising Positions is available with chocolate, Kama Sutra yoga, a decade old crush and a steady addiction to sugar. To find out what Jenna is up to now...check out her website or blog.

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