Saturday, December 02, 2006
I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately. I'd love to hear your stories.
When I'm creating my characters, I usually fall back on a few sage bits of advice given to me by my parents when I was a teenager. I remember my mother saying, "don't wait for someone you can live with, wait for someone you can't live without." I don't know if she heard that somewhere or not but I like to think she made it up. It certainly helped in my husband searching, as I found my guy and married him by the time I was 21. I knew what I was looking for. He likes to use that to feed his ego ;) This advice feeds every relationship in my books.
Then there is my father who told me, "all the baubles and sequins in the world can't compete with sheer elegance." How's that for poetic. That came out during a discussion of prom dresses. Needless to say, I went with elegance and didn't spend too much time against the wall. I tend to give my heroines the gift of elegance when I can.
So, who gave you the most memorable bits of advice? How do you use them? Did you follow them?