How long should a girl use the makeup she purchased? Last I heard, old makeup should be discarded after three months. And who does that benefit? It benefits makeup companies (says the girl with red, itchy eyes).
I can’t afford to replenish makeup every three months! I can’t afford an eye infection, either. So you’ll find me on the makeup aisle, searching for ebony mascara, peach-colored lip gloss, or an unopened classic-ivory compact.
I must wear makeup. Not a lot. Just eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, face powder, blush, and lip gloss.
On a typical morning, I begin with my eyes. Those peepers need to pop! On with the eyeliner and eyeshadow. Next, mineral face powder. I’m covering my freckles. Sure, they’re cute. On a third-grader. Now that I’ve got the coverage I want, my face is too pale. Time to add color. Enter blush. Then, pucker up! I’m a lip gloss kind-of-girl. Lipstick . . . you either love or hate it.
Finally, mascara. You’re probably wondering why I don’t apply mascara right after eye shadow. Inevitably, during the course of the makeup ritual, I sneeze. Have you ever sneezed after donning a fresh coat of mascara? It’s hideous.
Writing fiction is a lot like applying makeup. Plotter or pantser, we’ve all got some kind of outline, emphasizing the parameter of the story. We write and edit, carefully covering the entire landscape and correcting blemishes. Blush is the description, highlighting details and accentuating the bones of the story. The plot? It’s the lips of your story. Does your plot bleed into the lines of your WIP, or do you gloss over it? Finally, make your scenes pop. Think mascara. Apply tension, coat after coat. And whatever you do, each time you create a new story, start with a fresh face!
Apply these techniques, and your writing will make a lasting impression.