Welcome to Morning Pages — it’s time for a monthly roundup. I hope you’ve got your pencils sharpened and ready to write. Wanna join in on the fun? Read the prompt, set your timer* and get ready to let the words flow. Feel free to post the results of your work in the comments below where we chat about writing and (if the mood strikes us) get a craft discussion going.
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*you can write for as long as you want, but most folks choose 15-30 minutes.
What I learned this month: My subconscious mind is plotting against me.
After my first three months of Morning Pages, I assumed future work would shake out to have a similar ratio; about half of my pages were in known universes (prior or future works of mine), while the other half were completely new. This month not only disrupted that ratio *hard* (all but two fics were in known universes), it went after much rarer characters — all of them from stories I have yet to write.
I know I’m ready to write a story when I start daydreaming about it. Eventually, I get to a point where my mind can’t hold onto all the little scenes I’ve played out like movies in my head, and I start to write — jotted notes, at first, just so I don’t forget what I’ve been picturing. Those notes become the scaffold for what eventually becomes a novel (or an epic, in Oceana’s case). Imagine my surprise — and horror! — when not one, but three different universes clamored for attention throughout the month. All the power in the world to the multi-drafters among you, but I’m absolutely not one of them, so although I’ll never look the inspiration gift horse in the mouth, friends, I am nervous.
Why are all of them talking to me right now?
What do they want?
And at what point will they be ready for me to start writing?
(Fiction writers, I know you feel me on this one.)
A priest has the legacy of conquest and oppression inked into his skin.
“There was a rumor that the driftwood on Blacksand Beach was once a man.”
“Driftwood“: Sometimes shapeshifters get desperate.
“For thirty pieces of silver, he sold out his handler.”
Neveshir from Dark Arm of the Maker didn’t have it easy in his military days. He fought back.
“Talisman + Symphony + Gold”
Val from the Oceana Series hates the symphony, but there’s one person who can persuade him to go.
“If they only knew…”
Max Battista isn’t so easy to intimidate.
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- How long do you spend ‘marinating’ on story ideas before you write about them?
- Do you need your characters to live with you for a while before you can get them onto the page?