Sometimes, life just gets in the way.
It’s hard for a person like me, and I’m sure other authors can attest to this, when life gets in the way of putting the words on the page. But the fact is, life needs to be lived. There are things that have to be taken care of and, for me, a day job to go to. And sometimes all that other stuff interrupts the writing. And as much as you want to sit at the computer and tell the stories that are swimming in your brain, you have no choice but to step away.
It was like that for me last week. That’s why there was only one post and that is why, regrettably, there was no flash fic on Friday. I hope it’s not something that occurs very often and I hope it’s not an unforgivable trespass.
But the past couple of days, I’ve managed to get in some stellar plotting. I have to let ideas percolate for a while before I can even begin to get them on the page. I see scenes in my head and I have to “play” them several times before I know if they’ll work or not. I have to write out–long hand–some ideas and notes to see if I can make it to the end of the tale. I don’t outline in the traditional sense, but I do write notes and paragraphs of the beginning, middle, and end so that I know where I intend to go. When I’m actually writing, sometimes that changes as I go. But I need a basic plot settled firmly in my head before I can even think of beginning to write.
I got there this weekend and this week, there should be plenty of words on the page.