I saw a bumper sticker on a Chevy truck today that rocked me:
Get in, sit down, shut up and hold on.
I love it. I'd put that on my business cards, if I had any. Every word encapsulates my ambitions as a writer:
Get In: I want to catch your attention, pull you in, hook you on my ride.
Sit Down: I want you to like my ride, enough to get comfortable, go with me and see what's down the road.
Shut Up: I want to shake you up, surprise you, shock you if I can, take your breath away, leave you speechless.
And Hold On: After I've done all that? I want to crank it up even more. I don't want you to let go until we cross the very last line.
This isn't a new idea for me. Back when I taught online workshops, I described a novel as a vehicle for the reader. My idea of a great book is always one that invites the reader to come along for a joy ride, in the middle of the night, to places you're really not supposed to go. Those are the kind of novels I love to read, so no surprise that I'd want to write them.
What would the bumper sticker on your current ride say?