As Stephen King said in his essential book, ON WRITING, if you’re lucky you find a story fully formed, buried in the ground, waiting for you to stumble upon and dig up. Like a dinosaur fossil. Sometimes all you find is a few loose pieces–a few vertebrae, maybe a femur. But sometimes you uncover a fabulous complete skeleton. Then the work really starts, as you painstakingly remove the mud, clean it off, put it together, and figure out what kind of creature it might be.
When I read that years ago, it hit home. That’s what my process is like–I rarely have to pray for the muse to strike. I sometimes feel like I’m stumbling on fantastic stories and plot bones all the time. And annoyingly, it seems to happen most when I’m desperately trying to make headway on my current YA novel that is still a WIP–in this case, the sequel (and final book) to VALLEY OF THE MOON.
Yesterday, I counted my collection of stories: I have 15 WIP folders in my laptop. Zoinks!
So, I guess I should quit blogging and get writing.
Hooray for three-day weekends! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, and happy reading everyone!!