Day 12 – and all goes well.
In between teaching my writing course, rehearsing Alice, two editing jobs, and a dozen other things of a more practical nature, I’m happy to say that I’ve managed my twelfth story in a row, last night…
And this was one of those small surprises I was telling you about. Last night, after a rather hectic day, topped with intense rehearsals, a rushed drive to be home before curfew, and a very late dinner, I was ready to acknowledge defeat, and miss for the first time. All else apart, it was past one in the morning, and I hadn’t the foggiest idea, not even a scrap to start…
Up until three days ago, you see, my StoryADay routine was to take the time for some freewriting during the day, some notes, some little brainstorming – so that, come night, I mostly knew where the story was headed. It worked rather well, until things grew a little frenzied, and I found myself without a second to spare for preparation – like yesterday.
And what do you know? Instead of missing, just out of stubbornness, I still opened my laptop, and picked something from the List of 100 I’d made in preparation, and… just went with it. It’s happened twice this week, resulting in two tiny, half-decent, slightly unexpected drafts. Small surprises, indeed.
Just what this says about my writing process… hm. May I keep this one to explore in June, please?
The other small surprise happened on the day when I chatted on the phone with an older friend, and I don’t know how she came to tell stories about the childhood summers that she shared with my mother… And as I listened, one of these stories shaped itself in my mind, complete with beginning, middle, and end. Here goes Day 9, I thought – and indeed so it was.
So, to recap: twelve stories in twelve days, and perhaps I’m beginning to tentatively toe my way out of the comfort zone. I’m not entirely unhappy with things so far.
How about you? How is it going?
What a wonderful update! I am so glad for you that you are finding a process that works. AMAZING!
I am 14 for 14 today. Some stories I like better than others but I am learning about some different structures and enjoying the prompts. I have been combining prompts almost every day which works well for me.
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la Clarina said:
Yes, combining prompts… I like that too – and in fact, some of my best flashes came from the combination of rather disparate prompts… so, why don’t I do it more often? Is it because I lack the sense God gave to small green apples? Quite likely so. Still, today, prompt (I’m writing this on Sunday), the one with the road signs, made me think of a story-note I made some time ago, and something of a little tale just sprang up… I must dig out that particular notebook – or maybe just go from memory… We’ll see how it goes.
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Yes! I started transcribing my notebooks into my drive when the pandemic started. It does make certain things more searchable. I looked for a story segment for WEEKS about a heated conversation between two characters I wanted to embed in something else….writer problems are real! LOL I do love the handwriting but….sometimes it doesn’t work like I want it to. Good luck!