Blogging will be derailed a bit. Your engineer is traveling.
Arriving at my destination, I’ll write the final chapters of Cowboy Casanova. Lance is in a scary place even for a fearless cowboy.
There will be surprises. That’s the beauty I miss when not writing fiction. This is when when the story takes a turn, and whoops, how did that happen! It sounds better than what I plotted. Writing, then, is better than watching a film.
It’s familiar territory, but with a better twist, so my readers will have the same sensations as I do. I’m jazzed, wondering what’s going to happen to dear Lance up in the mountains of Montana fighting a huge forest fire.
Perhaps other writers know and love what and why they write and can express the same joys of writing. I sense the glee that a different turn coming. This joy of unexpectedness is even better for those who write mysteries and that’s why they write this genre.
IF I were to write a mystery, I heard about a British spy, very famous, who died in a mysterious way and it would make a great story. A noted British writer was discussing the man. He said that he used ingenious ways. When his body was discovered, he was inside a trunk, wrapped in chains, the key outside the box. No other clues were left. No one had been in the room.
What happened? A writer somewhere, right now, is probably tormented enough by the information to do the research and be able to get inside the man’s thinking to plot and to write a great story.
The joy of writing fiction is a blessing. If you have even the vaguest inclination to tell a story, pick up a pen and tablet and begin writing whatever comes to mind. Stop when the flow ceases. Start again the next day. Do not read what you have written. When your story is resolved, put the pad away for a long time. If you feel like writing a different story, begin writing another story in a new tablet. After that story is finished, pick up the first one and read it out loud. You’ll be surprised. Does it sound better than you thought? Does it make you laugh or cry. Bet you anything that you’ve found joy in writing that you’ll be hooked.
It’s a great addiction, this writing and where it takes you. .