Last Monday, my husband and I traipsed through the nearest ToysRUs store. We were on an early hunt for a Christmas present for our grandson. Aisle after aisle, we poked, shook, squeezed, rang and bounced toy after toy. Finally, in the sports aisle, we stopped together as if on cue. There in front of us, high on the shelf, it sat--the perfect gift.
It isn't always easy to find the perfect present for that special person. In the same way, it isn't always easy for the writer to write that perfect article or story. Finding the perfect phrase or verb or character's name often is like finding the perfect pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. Sometimes it can't be done.
But when it is done---oh what a sweet thing. When the words string together as if in a song that should be sung over a midnight lake . . . or the ending sounds like the final note of a concert under the stars . . .
That's when I stop and stare and know that my trip is over. My package is gift-wrapped and ready to be sent to my recipient--my reader.
Ahhh. . . The perfect gift.
Have you shopped for your reader this week?