Let's Talk with Debra H. Goldstein
Pivoting to Win
I married into a family whose blood runs Crimson. They exalted Bear Bryant and now believe Nick Saban is a god. Each Saturday, if they aren’t in the stadium, they sit glued to the television.
Usually, I don’t. It seems to me that the best part of a game – the only important part – is the final two to three minutes. After that, I know, just as they do, who won or lost.
On two occasions, I have, with mixed feelings, watched the entire game. Both times, Alabama played my alma mater, Michigan. One was the 1988 Hall of Fame game, while the other took place a few weeks ago. Even I admit that the recent game, which went into overtime, was what football should be – both teams giving it their all in a way that kept fans on nail-biting edge. Although I rooted for either team to win, a warm feeling enveloped me when Michigan pulled out the victory.
When the national championship was subsequently played, I suggested the entire family get behind Michigan. Only because Michigan had beaten their team did some grudgingly hope the maize and blue would defeat Washington. One though, agreed that the time had come to pivot.
It’s the same in writing. No matter how much authors think a story or plot is going in one way, they often must pivot. With luck, that pivot saves the book and makes it a winner.
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