Monday, October 17, 2011


For the last few weeks, I’ve done a lot of puttering around.

I like the way that sounds, puttering…

It’s not as controversial as the actual word I’m thinking and using it won’t make my kids banish me to the time-out chair for using inappropriate language. Always a plus in my book. Being a good role model means remember to use words like puttering or sugar, hot dog, holy cow, Dude…or my favorite, frak (the kids say they know what the BSG translation for that one means…bad Mommy).

Sorry, I’m rambling. I do that.

Back to my puttering, which included fiddling with my blog? Urgh. I think I've finally worked out the kinks—those hair pulling, hive inducing, screaming into my pillow, most frustrating idea ever issues.

Work has been super busy. It must be the crazy weather: hot, cold, sunny, pouring rain. It confuses the heck out of people, which means an increase in my workload. Once I get home the last thing I want to do is write so I've been avoiding my computer.

The new fall shows have started, and I’m all caught up on Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Secret Circle. I’m also addicted to a few more (The Walking Dead premiered on Sunday). I won’t waste space by detailing all my TV viewing vices. Thank goodness for DVR. I can watch my shows whenever I want and not take time away from writing.

This brings me back to my work-in-progress and the lack of effort I’ve put into finishing it. That’s actually where I am right now in the story. The last chapter. Or what I thought would be the last chapter when I started puttering around two weeks ago. I had the ending outlined in my head, but I couldn’t force myself write…The End. It didn’t feel right. I wasn’t completely invested in how the story would wrap up. So I procrastinated.

I thought about it. Daydreamed out multiple scenarios.

Luckily, I have a twenty minute commute home with nothing to worry about except whether the herd of buffalo broke through the fence and blocked the freeway again (I missed that major accident by an hour). This is the time of the day when my creativity flows without boundaries or the stressors of daily life. The idea for an alternate ending started to form, and I let it take its own shape and consistency.

Those of you who write know this feeling. The giddy relief when inspiration strikes. )


The new ending is different from the one I had two weeks ago. It just goes to show how important it is to follow your instincts. I’d promised I’d finish by November 1st (#WIPFTW) and pushed myself toward that goal. But in trying to finish, I almost lost sight of where the story needed to go.

Live and learn, right.

So, I sat down to write it up and couldn’t do it. I waffled. I liked the idea of the new ending, but I couldn’t decide if I liked it better than the old one. So, I puttered around some more. Finally, I talked to my friend JAllen, and he suggested writing both endings. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m hopeful that one will be more dynamic than the other and my decision on which one to use will be clear. If not, then I’ll let my critique partners take a vote and decide.

So I'm curious. How does inspiration strike you? Do you know how your book will end before you start writing, and then follow your strategically laid out plan all the way to the conclusion? Or does the story morph as you write? Do you ever dig yourself a plot hole then wonder how you will ever get out? And if you do, how do you find your answer?


  1. Good luck with that, Angie. It's a hard place to be when you have two different ideas, and only room for one.

    The WIP I did for #WIPFTW totally had a different ending when I had it in mind, but when I got to the end, it just ended...and it felt right. For now, anyway. You never know what'll happen in the editing round. :D

  2. That's very true.

    I have a hard time with endings. I think because subconsciously I don't want the story to conclude.

    I get attached to my characters. I'm getting better at knowing where a good stopping place is, and wrapping up dangling threads. But, it's hard for me:)

    Congrats on reaching your #WIPFTW goal. We'll probably be editing together.

  3. I have that happen to me a lot-- and oddly enough, it usually ends with a character dying. I just walk through the halls, or I drive home, and "CRAP! She really didn't survive that, did she? Darn it..."

    Some scenes just end up being placeholders until I figure out what's really going on. Sometimes inspiration comes to me while I'm on the move and listening to music, sometimes at 4AM while I'm trying to sleep... I wish you luck. Play with the new scene some more. You might find that it isn't quite the end yet.

  4. Lol, I said "Crap!" alot yesterday because of you, Masako. Then I banged my head on the keyboard a few times so I had a excuse to give my husband about why I was crying.

    I completely understand. I tend to kill off characters too. Which is how how this first ending goes. But the alternate, hmm, it looks like everyone who has made it this far will survive.

    Thanks for wishing me luck.


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