From February 2008…the title caught my eye, and after a quick perusal, I can confirm, I still feel the same. The photo is what you get when you Google ‘puddles of pee.’
There was one little aspect of the presentation I mentioned in the last post that sort of put me off–I remembered it last night. Ms. Lawson tries to associate her hightlighter colors with something easy to remember: blue for dialogue (i.e. talking a blue streak). So, when it came time to talk about yellow–the color for internal thoughts, she tells us (I’m paraphrasing) ‘Yellow is the color of urine. When you highlight all those lines of internal thought, think of it as little puddles of pee.’ First of all, that’s disgusting. Second, WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH A LITTLE INTERNALIZING????? I think the publishing world has been brainwashed. Everywhere I turn I’m hearing, ‘minimize the time in your heroine’s head’, but the books I’m reading, the books I’m loving have it spades. And these (at least most of them) are well-received, very popular books, and for good reason. A little internal thought can do magic for a book, and it certainly doesn’t have to be the death knell. People think. People in books should therefore think occasionally. Seems like a no-brainer to me. And I really don’t care to picture my hard-won WIP with little puddles of pee all over it. But that’s just me.