Thursday, May 8, 2008

Frugal is as frugal does

Frugality can be taken several ways. I never spend more than I earn, and if you ask my friends they might say I'm downright stingy, but never when it counts, I hope!
But you can also be frugal with your emotions, your talent and your time. Frugality depends on a certain amount of thought so it doesn't turn into meanness or deprivation.
So how does this pertain to writing?
If you're frugal with emotions, then your characters won't work, they won't come to life and the reader won't connect with them. But use the opposite, make them emote all over the place and they can become tiring and boring, even Too Stupid To Live.
Frugal with your talent, afraid to move forward or develop, and you'll be stymied in your career.
In your time, then you'll probably never write too much.
The opposite of frugality is overabundance, generosity and while this is good, too much can make people uncomfortable, too.
But remember the old English saying, "A little of what you fancy does you good."

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