I’d hit a dry spell with writing for awhile, where I mostly couldn’t think of any fiction. I tried to find ideas for stories… and nothing. I’d try to sit down and write, and it just didn’t work for me.
It didn’t help that I’ve been busy. I started a new job, it’s Christmas, and I’ve been sick. But a funny thing happened the other night while I was making Christmas cookies… an idea popped into my head. I saw these two characters, clear as day in my head. I knew who they were, what they wanted, and why it would be hard for them to be together, even though they wanted to. The beginning, middle, and end came to me. They’re in my head; they talk to me during the day. They tell me their secrets.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had something so compelling in my head, and I’m pretty excited about it. I still don’t have time, but because it’s important, I can find time, even if it’s only 20 minutes. I guess in some ways I’ve been blocked. I’ve been writing blogs, but three years into it, it’s a routine for me. I’ve never quite made the fiction writing part of my life into a routine, probably because it’s more fun than chore.
So I have a new story in my head, and I’m making new friends.
It’s a beautiful thing.