I think New Year's Eve should be the official Writer's Holiday. Why? Because of the anticipation, of course! The countdown to midnight is on (or already passed) all around the world. And all year long, writers everywhere will try to capture that fleeting magic and make readers turn the page with one goal; to find out what happens.
Ironic isn't it, how we count down to what is the peak of an upward momentum. Anticipation builds toward the moment when the clock strikes 12 as if we believe something unexpected is going to happen...something that will change everything.
How will we face that moment? How will our characters? Will they bravely stand still, witnessing the moment and hope for the best, or maybe, like Cinderella, will they run?
I wonder what Cinderella thought when then clock started its echoing count down? She seemed to think running her only choice. After all, she knew her illusion would be shattered if she stayed -- the prince would discover who she really was. What does it say about her to believe this would be disaster? What if she hadn't run? What if she hadn't made her escape before the magic ended and revealed her secrets? So many questions!
That is The Writer's Question only you can answer in an infinte number of ways.
So here's to you on your special holiday and my best wishes for many magical almost midnight moments! What will happen in your story when it's almost midnight? It will be exciting to find out, won't it?
Happy writing in 2011!