Today’s word count: 2,493 words
NANTUCKET total word count: 46,990 words
HARPER total word count: 5,435 words
Well, I’ve learned my lesson. I’m never going to do that again: turn my back on inspiration.
This morning when I woke up, an entire scene flooded into my mind. It’s a somewhat scary scene, one I’ve been gearing up for, and the words just tumbled into my brain. Whole paragraphs. Dialogue. Everything,
If I’d been smart enough to come to the computer immediately, I would have been able to capture some of it – maybe even most of it. But no. I didn’t do that. I decided to have my morning coffee(s), relax a bit more, think about some blog posts I’ve been wanting to write … then, before I knew it, it was already mid-day and since I have a bunch of deadlines to complete for work before I head out east for my vacation next week, I had to buckle down and get to work.
Do you want to know what I was thinking? Since it came to me once, it would come to me again.
Hah! I sat down to write the scene tonight, and while the words did come, they were nowhere near as good as the ones that came to me this morning. Those words are now lost in the ether somewhere, I guess.
So I’ve learned my lesson: the next time inspiration strikes like that, I’m going to stop whatever it is I’m doing or was planning to do, and sit down and write. Even if it’s not the time I normally have set aside for writing.
If it’s at all possible, I’m going to write it out immediately if not sooner.
Has this ever happened to you? A complete scene comes to you, or a whole chapter? An entire book, even? Or maybe just a few paragraphs, but such lovely paragraphs? What did you do? Did you get it down right there and then? If you didn’t, when you did sit down to write, did it all come back to you?