You know the problem with writers? We think too damn much.
We over-analyze and worry about character arcs and rising and falling plot action and what is hot in the market today and will my dog still love me if I don’t get an agent and on… and on… and on…
Most of that worry is an avoidance technique. Writing is scary and we’re never sure if we’re doing it right and it is much easier to fret than to write.
Listen: DON’T THINK. JUST WRITE.
The voices will speak to you if you quiet your mind enough to hear them.
“Writing begins with getting words down on screen or paper. See movie in your head-scene or memory. Type up details like court reporter.”
Today’s Prompt: Go to the Washington Post or the newspaper of your choice and choose a story from the front page that, for whatever reason, really strikes a chord in your heart. Read the story through twice, then put it away. Don’t look at it again.
Write a scene connected to that article. Put your character in the middle of the action. The character can be someone who was actually mentioned in the article, or – more interesting! – make the character someone who has a strong emotional connection to the people in the article. Or insert yourself into the middle of the action and write a scene.
Scribble… scribble… scribble…