"O" – Obstinate

That’s me. In spades. Stubborn as a box of rocks. I’ve always been that way, too.

From the time I could talk, my favorite word was “why.” It drove my parents crazy. And then, if I felt they didn’t give me a complete answer, or if their answer led to something else, I kept hammering away at it.

This was probably my earliest manifestation of the disease commonly called “insatiable curiosity.” I’ve pretty much got a terminal case — which is a really good thing.

Writers need to be inveterate snoops. In any and all directions. The more the better, for your plot, your characters, and your conflict.

So be obstinate. Don’t worry about the negative connotations. We know it’s a good thing. Snoop, spy, watch, analyze and pick things apart to your heart’s content, all you creative people out there!

Your stories will improve, your fan base will grow, and your satisfaction level will go through the roof.

Now that I’ve got my first coffee in my hand, I’m going off to do some creating of my own.

Have a productive day!

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