A writer, I set the stage for many a chapter scene in my novels. It is achieved by subtle or blatant character revelations. The devil is also in the details of description and introspection, predisposing the reader to become invested in my story.
On those rare occasions when my self-published books have been featured in the local newspapers, I’ve set the stage to look the part of a successful author during my photo ops. My hair is brushed. I’ve upped the ante with mascara and lipstick. I’m wearing street clothes.
While I seldom fantasize about living the privileged life of a best-selling author, I will admit to being fascinated by the aura of glamour surrounding Jacqueline Susann (1918 – 1974). She was the richest self-made woman in America, and the first to have three 'New York Times' number one best-sellers in a row. By the time of her death, 'Valley of the Dolls' made an entry into the 'Guinness Book of World Records' as the best-selling novel in publishing history, with more than 17 million copies sold!
Back to everyday reality for setting the stage to write in my office during the oppressive heat. Barefoot. My hair is piled on top of my head in a messy bun. Not a trace of makeup. Reading glasses perch on the bridge of my nose. I’m wearing workout shorts and a tee. A glass of Dunkin Donuts mocha iced coffee hunkers on a legal pad. By choice, no AC for me, because I’m channeling the East Bay breeze through the screens on an oversized double-hung window to the right of my desk.
Am I setting the stage for writing a best-seller as I finish chapter 7 in 'Aida’s Fishing Ground'? The windmills of my mind stir breezes in my soul for me to believe and achieve.
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