Recently, I was trying to remember who had said that one of the best things about being a writer is that we get to change the way the story ends; in other words, when we “rewrite” the way something happened in real life we can have it end anyway we want. This launched a whole Bloody-Marys-on-the-Veranda discussion with Red.
Kathy: Well, whoever said that writers get to change the way things turn out was brilliant. I wish I could remember where I heard it – Oprah, maybe?
Red: It’s true. Absolutely. I’ve watched you take something terrible that happened to you and make it turn out alright in a story.
Kathy: Until I heard it put that way, I never realized how healing writing fiction can be.
Red: Well, duh! You can write a character exactly like someone who’s a bad guy in real life and then kill him off. Must make you feel powerful!
Kathy: (grinning widely) Yes…yes it does. I have a whole list of weenies, pervs and mean girls I’m working my way down.
Red: At least I know I’m safe!
Kathy: Well, since you never do anything I don’t make you do, you’ll definitely never be a mean girl. Although…
Red: Come on! Don’t make me be a weenie!
Kathy: Maybe just for a few minutes …
Red: No! What have I done to piss you off?
Kathy: (laughter could not be contained) Nothing. I’m just messing with you.
Red: (relief evident on her face) Geez, I’m glad you’re the only writer I know!
Kathy: I told you – never piss off a writer, fiction or not, because every writer I know stands a little taller when they hear the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Red: (smiling as she took a sip of her Bloody Mary) Something to remember. Definitely, something to remember.