I’ve been hiding from TSTTW. Sure I’ve been diligently editing The Curse of the Radcliffe Rubies (TCOTRR) for a contest and my upcoming conferences. But I’ve also been ducking out on TSTTW. I have the entire story outlined, but I couldn’t for the life of me get to the next scene in the book.
I was half way through drafting chapter 2 of TSTTW. And I stayed there for like 6 weeks. Writer’s block? Kinda. I mean I could edit and revamp TCOTRR but actually drafting a brand new scene wasn’t happening. So I forged ahead on TCOTRR, confident that inspiration would strike on TSTTW. Worrying never helps and just frustrates the process more. But, in the back of my head I kept thinking, Oh my god what if I never get back to TSTTW?!
Then this morning, I’m in the shower and BAM! No, I didn’t slip and crack my head open. The words started swirling in my head and the characters started talking and suddenly I had the bridge scene. The more I thought about it, the more it filled itself out. Like the scene had always been there and now I was getting a glimpse of it. I contemplated being late to work to write a draft, but thought better of it. I jotted down some notes and decided to mull it over during the day and draft it tonight.
And yes, this is the gazillionth time inspiration struck in the bathroom.
How and where does inspiration strike you?