Thursday, May 28, 2009

K.I.S.S. :)

Missy here.

You know, I'm pretty sure someone (maybe Mindy??) posted on this once. K.I.S.S. An acronym for keep it simple, silly. Or as I’ve usually heard it put…Keep it simple, stupid. :)

Well, I’ve been stupid. And I’ve been learning that lesson the last couple of weeks. Thankfully, Lindi helped me see my error last night while we did some brainstorming. She listened to all the many ideas I’ve had for my hero’s backstory, and she stopped me after about the 4th option and said she thought I was making it more complicated than I needed. So I took her suggestions and came home and started thinking about a simpler past for him. And after something like two weeks of being stymied, I finally had a breakthrough, and my character came alive!

Have you ever been stuck because you just couldn’t make a decision about your characters or about your plot (or setting or POV, etc., etc.)? Are you stuck right now? If so, then K.I.S.S.! And just for clarification (and so I won’t feel bad for calling anyone names), I mean, “Keep it simple, Silly!” :)

P.S. My new book from Steeple Hill Love Inspired, His Forever Love, officially releases on June 1st, so this is an exciting week or so for me! I was in Target yesterday and saw the shelf label. No books yet, but soon! I hope if one of you sees it on the shelf anywhere, you’ll be sure to let me know!! I’d appreciate it!


  1. You are so right, Missy. When I get too bogged down I realize that I'm over-thinking things, making them too complicated. I just need to write it.

    Don't think it was me that used the K.I.S.S., but I prefer Keep It Simple Sweetheart :-)

  2. Ah! Sweetheart is even nicer than Silly! :)

    Now I'm feeling really mean.


  3. that phrase. First developed with AA right? (I'm a former drug counselor...can you tell?) LOL.

    I like the sweetheart version too.

    When I fall into over thinking, I step away...go for a run/jog/bike or somethng....then sometimes the lightbulb glows. You're lucky to have someone to bounce ideas off of...that's so helpful as well.

    Have a great day.

  4. Lynn, I need to try excercising when I'm stuck! It might help clear my mind.

    I had so many ideas of how to complicate my hero's past that it was nice to have Lindi to bounce those ideas off. And was almost funny when she stoppd me while I was going through scenario after scenario. YOu could almost see her eyes crossing! LOL

    Simplifying has really worked for me for this story.

  5. Well, I must confess I was just relating info Debby Guisti had instilled in my brain....she had told me not a week before...."something simple, Lindi."
    And I thought---she's right...I'm always trying to complicate unnecessary things. Even at my day job which is numbers my co-worker Yvette will say to me in her Belguim accent..."Belinda, friend, why are you trying to make it much more difficult than it is?"

    So big thanks to Debbie!! She's helped two people this month.

    Oh, if my eyes were crossing I hope it was because I was tired!!!

  6. I'm reading a copy of "His Forever Love" right now. Picked it up from the local Walmart in Windsor, Ontario (Canada)

  7. Hi Anonymous! Thanks for letting us know where you found Missy's book. We hope you will enjoy it!

  8. I thought I was going to be working on my 1929 book, but after working on a Scottish proposal this weekend (hopefully, I'll finish it). I plan to start converting a secular Irish historical that I completed years ago to Christian fiction.

    I haven't converted it yet, because I didn't know how. I was STUCK! But a year ago my hubby had a dream about my book--believe it or not--and shared with me the new title. Then yesterday while driving home from work (I have a long commute) all these scenes and story ideas started popping into my head.

    For me, I think it is God's timing.

  9. Anonymous,

    Thanks so much for letting me know you found it in Canada!! I've had a few online friends find it at Walmart. I think it's time for me to take a trip to the store--camera in hand! :)


  10. Jenn, that is so cool about the dream! And that ideas are now flowing. :)