Friday, August 20, 2010
WHEN WRITER’S BLOCK IS GOOD
By K. Keith
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2….I was almost asleep. And then it hit.
What if Juliana could not get into her bedchamber because of a vicious mastiff sitting in front of the door? Then she has to run upstairs and tap on the door of Lord Wilton’s chamber and…
I was plugging my plot holes, but why then? Just when I needed sweet oblivion, I was coming up with all of these scene ideas. And it was midnight.
Alas, the best ideas sometimes come at the worst times.
Another choice moment occurred when I was all lathered up in the shower. Ah, peace and quiet. Nothing but me and the soap and NPR blasting away from the radio in the next room.
And then it struck again.
What if Lord Wilton opens the door and lets Juliana in, but there’s another tap at the door? He opens the door again, and there’s his ex-girlfriend. Juliana, in the meantime, dives under his bed where she sees a mouse…
Argh! I had to jump out of the shower to write it down before I lost the scene in my head. A puddle formed at my feet as I jotted it down.
It does seem unfair sometimes that the ideas come not when one is fully dressed, well-fed, wide-awake, and sitting in front of one’s laptop, but at a moment when one would be quite content with writer’s block.♥
K. Keith is a RWANYC member. She's busy writing her first historical romance, HEXFORD, about Lord Wilton, aka Hexford, and Juliana.