Fear, n. | An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Deep down, I know I have to write the story¹. At least, I know I can’t ditch it purely based on fear, or an emotional challenge. You guys are right, and I thank each and every one of you who took the time to read my (very long) post and give such thoughtful feedback.
Yesterday morning, I woke up on my own at 6:45am, ready to write. What was I ready to write? I still had no idea when I sat down at my laptop. So, I listened, open to all possibilities, and just went with what I heard. What I came up with stars the main character from the book I’ve been debating about, but already, she’s taking on a life of her own.
Honestly? I’m not sure if I’m writing the book I told you guys about, or a different one altogether. There are two distinct directions I could head with this story, and I’m undecided at the moment. Right now, I’m only 1639 words in, and it could work either way. By the end of today, I hope to have boosted my word count in a huge way, and make a final decision.
Even as I write this, I’m leaning toward taking the difficult path, mainly because the premise intrigues me so much. I think the ideas I had for the more pleasant path could mesh well with what I have and form some nice, complicated layers to the already complicated plot.
Oh, by the way, it looks like Mr. Cat may go to Mars, after all. My sweet husband, after some serious hesitation, gave in and wrote several hundred words yesterday, starting with what was pretty much only a joke about our cat. He doesn’t normally do this kind of stuff – he’s extremely smart and creative, but hasn’t dabbled too much in writing. I heard his first few paragraphs, you guys, and they are SO GOOD.
Thanks again for all your wisdom, everyone. Happy writing/NaNo-ing/NaHoCleMo-ing to you all! (Wanna get in on NaHoCleMo? Click here to read about Linda’s great idea!)
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¹If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.