On Monday night when I had just settled down to do some editing my son ran downstairs and told me he need my computer for his homework. Unfortunately that took precedent over my writing, so I went and watched "How I Meet Your Mother". During the first ten minutes an interesting theory popped up.
I can only find this crappy video that cuts the scene off, but if you interested it starts around 2:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv5yFxuyhQ&feature=related:
Anyway Marshall thought his wife would be jealous when she saw that he was working with a beautiful woman, but she wasn't.
Cut to scene:
Marshall: She wasn't jealous at all.
Ted: Of course she wasn't jealous. That's the whole dynamic of your relationship.
Marshall: What's that suppose to mean.
Robyn: It's like this my man. Every good relationship has a reacher and a settler.
Ted: Exactly one person who reaches for someone out of their league and the other one who settles before there's.
Marshall: I did not settle for Lily.
Awkward glances ensue.
Marshall: You think I'm the reacher!
What does this have to do with writing. Not a lot, but it sure was funny.
In a way writing is about reaching and settling. Except in this case being the reacher is a good thing. We are constantly reaching for that perfect word, sentence, paragraph. Wanting to do better than we did the day before.
Sometimes I'll think I can't write that scene any better. In my head I'm saying I know it's not the best, but it's still good. Then I leave it for a few days and lots of times when I come back to it better words seem to pop into my mind or I'm able to put the scene together better.
Does this ever happen to you?
I hope we all do a little reaching today and not settle for an okay scene or an alright sentence. Reach then reach some more and then reach a little higher.