Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Birds, snakes, and aeroplanes

I say all the time that I write to know what happens next. It's true - the reason outlining doesn't work for me is that if I know how the story ends, I have no interest whatsoever in writing my way towards it.

This is not without its occasional frustrations, such as writing to the end of a scene and then realizing I have no clue what happens next: Exit, pursued by a bear? Enter, chewed by velociraptor? Rocks fall, everyone dies?

It's a mystery.

The frustrations, however, are outweighed by those brief moments of perfection, where the gears in my head click into place, and I know that I have found the exact piece the story wanted.

Eureka, baby.

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