Two days ago I posted about a block on my writing, a barrier placed by my brain on my stories. I don’t enjoy calling this Writer’s Block because of all of the stereotypical assumptions that come with that term, from a writer’s POV and a critics.
Still, I was stuck. And as you may have noticed, I was stuck on two stories, not just one. Now I also have a day job as well as go to school, both are technically full time. So while I reread the first lesson in the How to Think Sideways course, I didn’t have time to act on it.
Or so I thought – and at least physically I was correct. My Muse on the other hand jumped at what Holly calls ‘The Shadow Room’.
All of the following concerns ‘TAaTB’ as I have yet to have had time to also do work for ‘Chasing Maggie’.
I dreamed last night and it was on my characters, the artist and the fitness mogul/biker. They were honestly things I hadn’t had time to think of, but DID weigh on my subconscious. The dream I had started out in ‘The Shadow Room’ and lead to the first time one character reveals feelings and leaves the other running. Literally.
This dream was… amazing. I was in their bodies, both of them, felt everything. It was like I was writing/living the scene. I felt so inspired.
So when I had a moment, I clustered today. First about the dream and then about the two characters. Set the timer for 15 minutes (I do most things in 15 minute segments) and before I knew it I was done and was looking up at a BUNDLE of new and interesting clusters on what that scene revealed and one cluster for both characters. Took only 45 minutes, and now I have something to go on. Especially because there are some bizarre similarities with the male character as the female character, and they weren’t intentional because the visual (I am a far more visual person) stimulus for the words were completely different. And not all the words have the same feel, but it’s a similarity non-the-less. Which makes me want to know what my male character is hiding.
My thought barrier took no thinking at all. It is SAFE. Absolutely. With both stories, especially when writing a sequel to ‘Taking Maggie‘, I am stuck in the SAFE box. And I didn’t have to look at the description but I did. “SAFE Never Starts” and it’s true. The two pages I have for ‘Chasing Maggie’ are the two that were written when I was planning on following up with another chapter.
So SAFE never starts. The damn-dest thing is, I don’t live a SAFE life. I am an entrepreneur making very little $ selling products I make BY HAND. Talk about inviting imperfection and complications. My husband and I are both full time students as well and I am also chasing this dream of being a writer. I have no business being in the SAFE zone.
My plan is to follow this up with another session like it tomorrow for ‘Chasing Maggie’. For now I am going to run with what I have found today. I’m hoping that when I sit down with these a little later tonight I can overcome the last obstacle for ‘TAaTB’: what pulls them to be in each others lives at first. Because I only have them in each others’ worlds once a month. That won’t do.