I have FINALLY finished what I hope is the last story for my anthology. I had the idea in my mind for a couple of years, and during that time I’ve thought of several different ways to handle it, but of course once I started writing it, it took off in a somewhat different direction.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I got stuck. The plot was okay as far as it went, but I needed something to get it to work out and it finally came to me in the last couple of days. Then I couldn’t wait to get back to my computer and WRITE.
I will give this one a few days before I go back to revise, but meanwhile I hope and believe that I can take a break from short stories and go back to writing novels, which is what I prefer.
I know you’re all dying to know if my road trip yielded any new story ideas. Yes!
Yesterday I can’t say I had any new inspiration while driving. But after I got to my hotel room and started unwinding, I had a great idea. Today while I was driving again, I turned that idea over and over in my head. I thought last night that I would use it as the basis for a new story, but during my drive today I realized that it could solve my dilemma with my current story and now I’m excited to start writing again.
Sometimes, inspiration just descends on you unasked for, and you sit down to write and your fingers all but catch fire as they try to keep pace with your brain.
This is not one of those times. This is one of those times when you have to go in search of inspiration, yank it out of its den, wrestle it into submission, drag it back to your writing chair, and hold a gun to its head.
So yeah, I’m still writing my new story. Everything’s fine.