Uncontrollable circumstances always seem to haunt our daily lives. A person may be walking in to work, later to find out that he was part of a companywide layoff. Another person may go in to work to find out that the merger, unexpectedly, caused her to get a promotion due to her breadth of knowledge. These are just a few of the infinite number of situations that we deal with constantly. I wish I could say that we live in a utopia, but that would be a falseness in and of itself.
Writing a story or a novel presents itself with similarities to the impossible turn of events that we face in our daily lives. At first, with more enthusiasm than ever, the tentative outline is complete. It is tentative because that outline seems to change so many times as the characters in the story become more real in one’s imagination and the initial outline seems to be irrelevant. An unexpected rewrite of the outline occurs and one proceeds to write the novel.
Then, the most horrific event occurs: the blank out or, perhaps, the burn out! Midway through the completion of the story, just as everything seems to be perfectly aligned, the picture story in one’s mind seems to end. One rereads the previous chapters to recreate the pictures that seem to help the story move along. Nothing happens. The muse is gone, just like a person finding out that they are out of a job and he no longer has a place to go for work. It’s a moment of sorrow, a moment of loss. What does one do? The feeling of loss turns into a feeling of separation. A brief moment away from the writing is needed to bring back the muse.
Once the muse returns, it becomes a race to the finish line. When will the story end? Another rewrite of the story outline becomes a necessity; however, the ending always seems to stay the same. The characters become real. Rereads of the various sections of the story seem to flow nicely with the story outline. The story has ended. A resolution has occurred in the story to make the story end with or without a cliff hanger, just like the unemployed worker finding a new job or the lucky merger employee learning the skills of the new position. Everything is resolved, except for the edits, the dreaded edits….