Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen. It’s Not Going to Happen!

I’m pretty proud of myself. I took the leap and visited the cat I saw on the shelter’s site as a potential friend for Penny. The cat was sweet and cute, but my gut told me she was not the right match for Penny, who would have rattled this shy, terrified cat far too much. I did visit a lot of other cats and kittens at the shelter after that but none of them felt like the right fit, the way my Penny did when I met her.

Lesson learned: it’s not the right time. It doesn’t mean it never will be, just not now!

I’m quickly learning you can’t force life! This goes for my MSs too. There can be ideas or moments I’ll draft and love in theory, but in practice they simply don’t work. So, instead of forcing everything I love in, like a puzzle piece that’s close but not right, I’m going to step back and brainstorm on newer, better ideas.

I’ve found the best way to deal with a tricky scene is to delete the entire paragraph, no looking back, and start fresh. If I don’t do that, I’ll still try to make words work that in reality just don’t. Deleting is the only way new things can flourish.

I guess sometimes “fetch” just won’t happen, no matter how bad you want it to.

In short, I’m going to have to let the control freak part of me take a rest, and learn that when things are supposed to happen, they will!

How about you?? Has there ever been a time life happened when you weren’t planning it??