Go Outside your Boundaries– Just Like Smelly Cat

Did you ever have a song or story in your head that grabbed on and wouldn’t let go? It’s like that when you’re a writer. It’s a tune, phrase, or idea that you can’t seem to shake.
Like Smelly Cat here. For those of you who were and are faithful followers of the show Friends, know it by heart.
I might not have know all the songs I heard on the radio, but I knew this one.
It had three things going for it.
(1) It was on a hit show
(2) It had some of the simplest and ridiculous lyrics ever
(3) And the performer couldn’t sing (except when she was dubbed in this video)


So how do you as a writer make sure your characters are memorable? Well, I wouldn’t suggest writing something as nuts as Smelly Cat, but I would think about pushing your characters outside their boundaries. Make them reach farther for their goals, get into the ridiculous at times, and maybe even give them a nervous twitch, a catchy phrase, or even a little song–but come up with your own Smelly Cat.

2013 3 18 Smelly Cat Lyrics

So how do you do that as a writer? How do you make an impact in the writing world when there are

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3 Responses to Go Outside your Boundaries– Just Like Smelly Cat

  1. First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick
    question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas
    out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?

    Thank you!

    • patriciawf says:

      Honestly, it’s day to day. I have kids and work from home, so there are days it’s easy and others where I have to wait for my husband to come home and I try to carve out some time in the evenings.
      As for writing, I give you permission to write crap for the first 10-15 minutes. I do that, I allow myself to write crap because it usually takes me a bit to get into the groove of things. Once I’ve done that, I can start “writing”, but know that usually in the crap I’ve written are some tidbits of good stuff.

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