Although my husband is an engineer, often his words reverberate in my head like a Hallelujah Chorus for writers. This past week he was mentoring some new employees at work, which always fascinates me. What are the young people like these days? He said that one of the fresh grads--an intelligent young man--became paralyzed when he didn't recognize everything being tested. "You don't have a right to know everything," my husband advised. "Work with what you know first and move from there."
Yes, I thought. Work with what you know first. Don't worry if you don't see the whole picture. If you don't understand every detail of your character. If you aren't totally sure how to jump from one chapter to the next. Move anyway. With what you CAN do.
Book of the Week: A couple of weeks ago I asked for book ideas on Marx. There wasn't an outpouring of response--no surprise there--however I managed to unearth one: Karl Marx.com by Susan Coll. It's hardly filled with facts, but is a novel paralleling a woman's thesis on Marx's daughter, Eleanor, and her own tortured search for a fulfilling life. I got a smile out of it, and am ready to dive back into the dusty pages of history. Unless, of course, you've got some other fun ideas?