Lately I’ve compared my novel and my writing experience to a refreshing stream of flowing water. Sometimes my ideas for stories just come to me, they simply flow into my mind like water flowing down a stream or a babbling brook. I then need to keep my story flowing by quickly getting my thoughts onto a page.
Where do streams come from? They start at some high point, like a mountain. Just as streams start at some high point, so too do my story ideas. I get so excited as the ideas start flowing and I am indeed at a very high point. There are twists and turns round bends and curves and I love taking my characters on their journey.
Sometimes within streams and brooks there are rocks, logs and branches. But the water doesn’t stop flowing when it comes to these obstructions. Water in a stream never stands still. It slows down, goes around, finds an alternate course. All of which I have done in my writing. I’ve slowed down just recently after getting stuck on a concept I’m trying to grasp in one of my (very steamy) chapters. A friend and fellow writer counseled me on what my chapter needs but I haven’t been able to get it flowing the way I know it should. So after being upset and angry for a day I’ve decided to take a break from writing – at least that particular chapter.
The water in the stream also goes around obstructions. That’s something else that I’ve done. When having trouble in a particular chapter, I’ve left it to work on a different chapter for a while, sometimes coming back to the problem chapter with a fresh approach.
Flowing water can also change the direction when it comes to an obstruction. Yep, I’ve done that also. Someone close to me suggested that a practical joke my MMC (Male Main Character) was going to play on my FMC would mean he’d put his friends in danger. This distressed me because this incident was to be the climax of the story. After giving it some thought, I decided to change the plot and the second half of my story.
So where does the flowing water eventually lead to? Streams and brooks usually lead to rivers, lakes and oceans. These beautiful bodies of water provide joy and entertainment whether we’re relaxing by a lake or jumping waves in the ocean. Like most writers, my dream is that someday my stories, and ideas will also provide joy and entertainment.