September flew by, and I struggle to fathom where the time has gone. I expected this, but it still shocks me that it’s October already. The first Wednesday of the month makes it Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!
What makes me insecure this month? The fact I’m starting this month’s writing the same place I started August. I thought it’d be smooth sailing after I overcame the scene I mentioned last month, but then my progress just stopped. It’s the same problem I had with my other scene. I can’t make it flow from A to B in a way I like. Except, instead of mulling over options like last time, my brain just quit. No input, output, or desire to figure it out. I worked on some art as I waited for that spark to return.
When a week passed and I still hadn’t gotten anything, I took drastic measures and I skipped it. Typically this gets me in trouble because my writing turns choppy, but I had stuff I wanted to write, and dwelling on this insignificant transition was holding me up.
That put me back into the scene where my main character is contending with the enemy who makes his life miserable, and the words once again flowed. (August’s post, like I said.)
My son, curious why Mama was sitting at her computer cackling, asked me what was going on. After I explained the scene to him, he asked to see a picture of this horrible villainess.
I didn’t have one.
In all my decades of working on this story, I’ve never drawn Ira.
So, to appease my son, I sat down and sketched her out.
At first, he asked, “why does she look like Derek?” I then had to wince and explain to my colorblind child that her hair was green and Derek’s hair was red.
Though, to his point, she does have the diamond skin markings and accompanying leaves that are part of Derek’s identifying features. I tried to make her leaves a little more spiky to relay a meaner look, though I think the blood on her hand sends the “I’m evil” message pretty well.
I’m progressing well at the moment, but considering I’m where I was 2 months ago, it does make me wish I was at least a little bit further along.
IWSG Question of the Month – What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?
Escapism into otherwise impossibility, and the fact that you can make up pretty much anything and have it work if you do it right. At least that’s why I love Fantasy.
What’s your favorite genre? What do you like best about it? Do you ever skip sections of your writing just to keep your momentum going?