You know you’re a writer when…so many things could follow that opening phrase, but for me lately the big one is, “You know you’re a writer when you wake up in the middle of the night with bits of plot chasing bits of dialog begging to be put down on the page.”
Every night this week, somewhere around 2am, I wake up with my Brain putting together words to flesh out some bit of dialog or battling through some plot hole or point that I’ve been fighting with. While that’s nice and all, it would be nicer if it would come at a reasonable time…like when I’m already at the computer.
I have always been one to spin tales almost as easily as I breathe, and any time I can not write for at least fifteen minutes a day I get very cranky and not a fun person to spend time with. It doesn’t matter what it is I’m writing, just that I’m exercising that part of myself regularly.
Currently I am focused on finishing my zero draft of The Blood Witch and recruiting two or three beta readers to give it a once over to make sure I’ve closed up all of the plot holes and chased all of the inconsistencies out of the final product. That is especially an important aspect when the story started out as a short story idea, mostly just an exploration of a character, and grew, changed, grew again and then the whole thing morphed into what it is becoming right now. There is at least one early chapter that I know will need a lot of work to catch the inconsistencies born of the way I got to this point.
I am, however, very happy with the story as it stands, rough patches and all. I hope to wrap it all up in the next few weeks, so if you have the time and inclination to offer services as a beta reader, and are willing to share your honest assessment of the plot and characters with me to help guide me through the next draft, reach out and let me know.
With that, I’m off to refill my coffee cup and get on to the day job. Have a lovely Tuesday, Readers, and remember that kindness matters!