Lately in my WIP I have been searching for that elusive 'flow,' the writing zone where everything becomes clear, the words flow effortlessly, the story unfolds before me while I watch.
And what have I gotten instead? Drip, drip, drip. Slow, sporadic, annoying. I've pecked at my story, fighting through this tortoise phase, waiting for something to spark the story.
I found that spark last week while reading Seekerville. Camy Tang, all around terrific woman (and author of the great LI Suspense novel I'm reading right now - more about that at a later date, but tune in, you might win a copy of Deadly Intent) quoted a phrase used by Randy Ingermanson. "Dialogue is WAR."
Guess why I was having such a hard time with this scene? No CONFLICT. I needed to get my characters from here to there, and I needed to show them on the journey because a couple epiphanal thoughts occur to my hero and heroine, but on the way, not much was happening to keep things interesting.
Today, I mixed things up, changed things on my characters, and loaded in lots of sub-texting. Words flowed. More than 3 thousand words. I was in the flow of the story, and I was both enjoying the writing and what I had written.
So, how about you? Have you read or heard something this past week that opened your mind and let the words flow? Did you find some project to do that really expressed how you were feeling?
When was the last time you were really in the flow?
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