Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I've been saying less online recently because I'm in one of those phases where I have turned inward. I'm reading a lot, listening a lot, and especially digging into a story. This story is the thing I'm listening to most of all. Where does it need to go? Will it come together?

I tend to find the answers to story problems within the story. External sources can guide or inspire me, but the line I need to follow has to be within the story already; I just have to find the natural extension of it. Anything I impose from the outside looks pasted-on, forced.

However, finding that loose end and recognizing the proper angle of the continuing line is more difficult than one would imagine.

So mostly, at the moment, I'm listening.


  1. Okay, I'll just sit here quietly and wait.

  2. We writers spend a lot of time waiting. ;-)

  3. Ah, i always love the way you describe some of your writing process! I've turned inward lately, as well. :)

    1. Thanks--and I think it is common, even necessary, for many writers to go through such times.