Saturday, September 01, 2007

Rule Follower

I answered a recent challenge on Writer Mama's Blog to write a short bit about whether I am a rule-breaker or a rule-follower. If you're interested, here was my response....

Fear and insecurity are great motivators. As women and, I would assume if you’re posting here, moms, I think we (and by we, I mean me) are often a little hesitant to step outside whatever we think the norm is. In my opinion, that’s why when we go to a restaurant with friends, we ask everyone at the table what they are going to order. Fear and insecurity, even in subtle tones motivate us to do so. What if what I’m doing doesn’t jive with what everyone else is doing? What if I want steak and they are all having salad?

Because I’m a new writer, the same principles seem to carry over into my writing. I ask myself what is and isn’t the norm. How does everyone else do it? What is everyone else having for lunch?

This forces me to be a rule-keeper, at least the ones I know and understand in the world of writing and blogging. It doesn’t help that since I was young, the thoughts of getting caught doing something wrong mortified me. (There’s that fear thing again.) Even now, I do my best to keep the rules for fear that someone will think badly of me. I always wear my seat belt because I know for sure if I didn’t, and I died in a car accident, our small town newspaper would read, “The victim was not wearing a seatbelt.”

I know, you’re saying to yourself, “I don’t know who this girl is, but she is in serious need of therapy.”

You’re correct and I have an appointment next Thursday.


Anonymous said...

I guess that makes me a rule breaker then. I'll order the steak, mashed potatoes, AND desert! Although, a salad does sound pretty good right now! haha

Cari Johnson said...

Mmmm, sounds good! Glad to see you dropping by the blog...thanks for letting me know you were here!


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