Are you having fun yet?

Like many bloggers, I also follow blogs that either reflect my own interests or, conversely, give me new viewpoints to consider.

Author Kristen Lamb’s blog  is one I enjoy reading (warriorwriters@wordpress.com).  Her blog, “What SHARKANADO can Teach Us About Writing” was like crawling across the desert and coming across a pitcher of Heinekens. It made me a fan for life.

Lamb points out that the entire premise of Sharkanado is flawed. (And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, where have you been? Oh, I know, at the RWA Convention).

But, she goes on, that is all right. We don’t have to explain our story or go into detail how the unbelievable should be made believable. We just have to write the story we enjoy writing and hope our readers come along for the ride.

Yep. She gives us permission to sit back and let our fancy take us where it may and enjoy the process.  We don’t have to lecture, educate, or elucidate.

broccoli

Everyone knows broccoli is good for you. Everyone knows a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is sheer indulgence.

Don’t readers need an indulgence now and then?

Look back on comments from your readers.  Which part of your book garners the most praise — the paragraph that painstaking explains how X became Y or the fun scene that made them laugh?

Which scene did you most enjoy writing?

Are we paying so much attention to plotting, character arcs, world building and all the rest of the “rules” we are told makes for a good story, that we have forgotten that fiction is supposed to be, first and foremost, entertainment?

Let your inhibitions go and free the story that is inside you — the story you want to write,  the one that throws logic out the window and takes the reader on an unforgettable romp.

Of course sharks wouldn’t survive a tornado and attack hapless beachgoers, but fans don’t care about logic.

To paraphrase Cyndi Lauper, they just want to have fun.

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