Do you think before you act or do you just react without thinking?
Many things in our lives we do on a regular bases to the point our actions are automatic. These things are part of our routine and to a degree who we are.
Routines are a good thing, right? Overall, yes they are. Routines help keep us on schedule and help to organize our lives.
But what happens to that routine, that automatic response, if someone unknown to us has touched our lives? Sound crazy? Let me give you an example.
I always put sugar in my cup before I pour my coffee. This action causes the sugar to dissolve without me having to stir it and I can better judge how much sugar I’m putting in the cup without a spoon. Simple process, regular routine done without even thinking about what I’m doing.
This works great until … until someone gets the last of the coffee leaving only enough for one swallow maybe. They do this without me knowing.
Following my usual routine, not thinking, not looking, just reacting. I go through the steps, lift the pot to pour and only a few drops fall out. There I stand coffee cup in hand with my one swallow of coffee that contains enough sugar for a full cup.
I have wasted sugar, as well as the last drink of coffee all because of automatic responses.
I’m trying not to have automatic responses when it comes to my reading. I’m trying to learn more about the author and the book before I automatically reject it.
Book covers draw me to books like bees to honey. It’s an automatic response that works well. But, what about all the great books that the covers aren’t quite so catchy. I’ve rejected them based on something that has nothing to do with the story. In most cases, authors have little input into their book covers. And even then those who do sometimes still have only a minor influence.
It should be based on the author’s writing that I select a book, not the cover. The plot and the characters should draw me in, hold me captive and only release me once the last line is read.
When writing do you have your characters responding automatically to a situation or another character? Do readers already know what’s going to happen to your protagonist by the end of the book?
One other note I wanted to touch on. This past week Thoughts in Progress went over 100 followers. I am amazed and speechless. When I began this blog on Halloween 2009, I never imaged reaching 100 followers. I am completely honored and humbled by those who have selected to be a follower. I appreciate it very much and it means more than I can say. In fact saying thank you doesn’t seem to be enough, but I do THANK YOU each and everyone for stopping by and commenting. I hope I can continue to host authors and giveaways that you enjoy and I’m always open for suggestions for anything you might think will improve the blog. Again thanks!!