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So, I'm sitting in the chiropractor's office the other day waiting anxiously for the doctor to come in so I can be adjusted and have
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The point is that just like our spines, our lives have to be aligned. In order for there to be function and painlessness, things have to be in their correct place (see, I'm right to nag about putting stuff back where it goes). If my vertebra aren't stacked correctly, I have pain and discomfort and it is difficult to do the things I have to do let alone the things I want to do. Once I was adjusted and my peripheral vision returned, I started noticing alignment and order patterns everywhere. Yes, it is because I'm a geek. Lasagna has to be stacked properly or it's a gooey mess. The dishwasher has to be loaded the right way or the dishes won't get clean. I could go on but then I'd just be indulging my OCD.
Where it's really important is in writing. I have a wonderful reference book, Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell that has been helpful in aligning my plot line and my sub-plot lines. If the story isn't aligned, it won't flow. If it doesn't flow, it won't read easily and that means it won't be read. During my editing process, I'm looking at ways to adjust, realign, structure my story line to be more clear and concise. The first word is connected to the second word, the second word is connected to the third word, the third word is connected to the .... Crack!