A #1lineWed Aha Moment

So there I was, minding my own business last Wednesday, when I stumbled upon the trending #1lineWed on Twitter. For those who don’t know, #1lineWed is when authors choose one line from their works in progress — the page from which that line is culled is determined that day (or maybe the day before, not really sure how it works) — and post it for the world to see.

Ooh, sounds fun, I thought, and I eagerly opened my current manuscript and scanned the designated pages for a fun line to post.

I scanned.

And scanned.

And scanned.

What the…????

Why couldn’t I find one single line?

I wasn’t looking for anything uber-cool or witty. Just something interesting. Why wasn’t there anything?

I began reading other pages, thinking I’d cheat and pull a line from there. Still, I had nothing.

Turns out, the more I looked, the more I thought the manuscript that I had deemed almost perfectly polished had a looong ways to go. The magic wasn’t quite there or where I wanted it to be.

So I’m going to set that puppy on the back burner for a while and let it simmer, let my creative juices keep flowing, think about what I want this book to be. I know I can make it better. And when I do, I’m hoping #1lineWed will be just one of my book’s triumphs.