I started that last entry with the idea talk about where some of my best writing happens, but with my attention span you can see what actually happened.
Because of my inability to pay attention to anything I find myself writing in places that are probably not the most appropriate. I learned as a teenager that one of the ways for me to get through a church service was to write. It didn’t matter how enthralling the preacher was, my mind would inevitably wander to something else. So, in about seventh grade I started taking a little notebook with me. Part of the time I’d pass notes with my friends…. and part of the time I’d write.
This past Sunday I was the last one out of the house and all I kept thinking was, “GRAB YOUR NOTEBOOK!”- no one worry, I did.
And then the unthinkable happened.
1. I seemed to have a longer attention span so I was very focused during the sermon and was able to pay attention.
2. Somehow, while paying attention, I felt a story that I’ve been thinking a lot about sort of fall into place.
I love it when that happens. I think a lot about my stories before I put anything to paper. I typically know what the focus of the story is going to be and have at least a scene or two formed in my head. This particular story I’ve wanted to write for a while, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it all work. How to get it all together and sitting in church on Sunday it just sort of melded.
Unfortunately, it is so not the story I’m 20,000 words into.
Good thing one of my goals this year is to draft two books.