Abe Table’s seventh story, which is beginning now, has baffled me. The process is what has been so puzzling. I had ideas in the Fall about this 7th story. I laid them out (written on post it notes and spread over the floor). I moved them around and tried to arrange them along a story skeleton. I walked and thought about them. I wrote in journals about them. I discussed them.
But the writing did not come. I was unwilling to start since I wanted to have the story boarded and outlined by the time I began to write and I did not have a final outline.
Then, as is usual for me, the inevitable happened one morning: a scene to start the story showed up in my mind’s eye. Not the scene I had imagined either. It began with dialog about something completely unrelated and off my radar for the story.
And it led right where I wanted for the opening scene. A second writing session had a healthy draft of the scene done. Now, it is opening myriad possibilities, some of which fit the original plan and ideas.
Will it land where I was heading originally? Don’t know.
What I do know is this:
1. The writing process requires patience and thought – Both of those are vital to incubating a story.
2. When a story “opens up,” it may be one of the most thrilling experiences – I wouldn’t trade it. Nor would I trade all the hours writing in my journals and wondering if I can think of the proper flow to make a compelling story.
3. When I’m lost about how to proceed with the big picture, the outline of the whole story, I find joy and even direction in creating a scene – Even if it ends up not being a scene I use, it helps to step into that world and live there a bit.
What have you learned from your writing process?
A pdf version of Abe Table and The Replacements is now available over on The Stories page. Look for story #6.
Since this marks the half-dozen point for Abe’s misadventures, I’ve put together a little promo video for stories 1-6.
Check it out today and share it!
I have posted a draft of the last scene for Abe Table and The Replacements. I wanted to have a full version of the story available for now, so I’ve posted all the scenes. But, I will be revising it for its final form and will post it as a pdf, and epub and mobi file soon.
In the meantime, jump over to The Replacements page and read the whole story!
You know that I’m cooking up ideas for the next Abe Table story. Of course, endless possibilities are bombarding me, but I’m warming to a few and will begin sketching scenes soon. I may even consider a longer story… like novel-length.
The story is almost done – Abe Table and The Replacements. If you’ve been reading along, you’ve been seeing the second or third drafts of each of the scenes. I just posted scenes 5 and 6. Only 1 scene is left to post! If you haven’t been reading, get over to the Replacements page and check this one out. Happy reading and keep your eyes peeled for the last scene. Enjoy!
Why, just why, is this scene so important? ‘Cause it’s the next one? Well, maybe. But it is also a strange point in the story – everything is disappearing suddenly. Get reading… over at the Replacements page… right away before it disappears. Enjoy!
So, Scene 3 is up for Abe Table and The Replacements. That’s about half the story. The rest is coming soon! Stay tuned…
If you never saw the teaser video, check it out here.
For Scene 3, click here.
Abe’s “Replacements” adventure continues. Check out Scene 2 in the link at the top of the page under Abe Table and The Replacements.