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August 7 question – Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
The surprise is something I’m thinking few of you have experienced. And it frightens me. The next manuscript is ready – in my head. The plot is gripping and the characters scream at me to begin.
Last month I thought I understood my reluctance to begin page one. I needed not just a climax, but the mind jarring, never saw that coming ending. Accomplished. Now that the final stroke of paint has stained the ethereal canvas, it’s time. Give it life.
Like a Ferrari positioned at the race start line, engines surging, tires nearly pawing the ground, the foot just centimeters above the accelerator, I can’t release the brake.
This is so unlike my experience with the previous two manuscripts. I couldn’t wait until my research was complete and the outline, fragmented and hazy at best, was done. I’m looking for the fire that took control, drove me to near compulsive behavior to write not just everyday, but sometimes to the exclusion of meals and social activities. Is the fire gone, burned out?