Actions and Reactions
Other than Pi (that's 3.14 repeating, not blueberry) about the only science-thingy that sticks in my head is “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Google tells me that is Newton's Third Law of Motion.
Actions and reactions are also the building blocks for compelling writing. The action can be big—blowing up a building—or it can be small—stealing a kiss from the girl next door—but the next step of the novel is based on the reaction to that action.
A finished work also garners reactions. Very few writers do so strictly for their own enjoyment, keeping their work buried on a hard drive or in a drawer. Writing is meant to be shared. It is a way of communicating.
I've been very pleased with most of the responses to MOUNTAIN FIRE. Even a few negative reviews have made the whole process seem real—only a published author gets bad reviews on Good Reads and Amazon! And the support of my friends and family have been absolutely wonderful (Thanks, Traffic Ladies!).
I also laughed until I cried over the following message I received from a cousin of mine:
Hey Brenda - another first for you....your book has been banned from a school! (lol - not really, but close). I got a note from the teacher at my son's school today letting me know that his reading material was not age appropriate and was causing a bit of a stir because of a very suggestive scene. He's been asked to put it back in his backpack and bring it home. I guess he was so excited his 'aunt' was a published author that he brought your book to school to show everyone. LOL!
Negative reviews and banned from a school...cool!
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