There I was, laptop sitting exactly there. That ominous screen staring back at me.
Somewhere in my mind is the answer I’ve been trying to force out, which is never a good idea. It has to be coaxed, gently, like a riled bear. Never mind that I’ve never actually coaxed a riled bear, but you get the idea.
I needed something to wrap up the story, bring it closure, if you will. The past few weeks had shown a remarakable inability to do that.
But the past few says had been somewhat productive, so maybe I could keep the streak alive. I started today’s writing with the intent of trying to get something done. I looked over a few scenes. Somwhere in there was what I was looking for.
I went to that second-to-last line in the whole outline – HOW DOES IT END? I needed something. Anything.
So I type. Nothing big, but I write in my usual way of how I want it to work. It may not make sense to somebody else, but I know what I’m trying to say.
And more words come. Then more.
Then an idea. Something I hadn’t thought of before. That leads to another idea. What if I tried this? Hey, that could work. I scan some of the relevant scenes. The idea could be plugged in, AND it helps develop the character.
Hey. Another idea, which could REALLY wrap it all up. I type out a rough draft of the scene. Maybe a montage before it? Well, maybe, but that last one is a keeper.
I look it over. This is the complete opposite of what I was looking for, at least what I thought I wanted, but it’s simple, effective and wraps up a good number of storylines.
I read it again. It’ll probably need some developing, but at first glance, it works. It really works.
I’m also reminded once again of how something I wrote weeks or months ago can provide the answer I need, even though I’m not even thinking about it in those particular terms.
I really like when that happens. It’s cool.
And the rewrite begins once again…