One of the most challenging things for a writer to grapple with is structure. I don’t necessarily mean in writing but in life. A writer creates, and the craft dictates fluidity. That is when the magic happens, right? For me, yes. But, when the world of writing collides with the mundane, everyday responsibilities, what then? Pick up the kids. Take the dog for a walk. Clean the dishes. Laundry. Make dinner. Go to the day job. (Many authors have one!) Shower? You get the drift.
Yesterday I was on such a writing spree that my fingers were having a difficult time keeping up. I was making some significant progress on my WIP, Deadlock, a futuristic sci-fi hacker novel. Then, my twelve-year-old daughter called me. Her bus had broken down on their way home from school. I asked her if I should come and pick her up. She told me ‘no,’ and she would text me any other details about what would be happening. My thoughts were that the bus driver would likely call
I’ll openly admit that I have extreme anxiety about endings. Frankly, it doesn’t matter if I’m enjoying calamari at my favorite Japanese restaurant, or lounging on the couch with hubby hoping that HBO doesn’t kill off my favorite dragon tamer on Game of Thrones, or the fact that I throw most of my Diana Gabaldon books on the floor once I get to the last few chapters, afraid and unsure about what’s in store for Jamie and Claire (Not my kindle books, of course. I’m not destruct
“That’s what she said.”
You know you’ve heard it, or said it. The classic Michael Scott line from the hit show, The Office. It’s unbelievably unoriginal when you hear someone say it, but always hilarious. I’ve had this blog post brewing for quite some time, unlike my coffee which brews fast and furious in my Keurig. Have you ever heard: ‘How is your plot original?’ ‘Why is this different from ____?’ ‘That is SO overdone.’ <eye roll> ‘This character is exactly like ____. ‘ Ha