Do you have a love/hate relationship with someone or something, if so explain?
Obviously, I love writing, or I wouldn’t do it day after day. I love the simple act of opening a blank Word document and letting the words flow from my brain, through my fingers, onto the screen. I love bringing new characters and worlds to life simply by pressing letters on a keyboard. I love exploring ideas and concepts and asking questions. I love having full on conversations with the voices in my head play out onto the page.
I love writing!
But some days I sit at my desk and I stare at my monitor and the words are in my head but they won’t come out. I can’t get them in order. It’s like herding cats. The ideas are right there! On the tips of my fingers! Come out already!
I guess it would be more accurate to say I have a love-hate relationship with my muse (and really, who doesn’t?). She is a fickle mistress, not sated until she’s had her fill of mindless media consumption or her fill of liquor. Sometimes she demands I clean any room of the house first, usually the kitchen.
Other times she prods me when I am unable to write. In the middle of a boring meeting at work. While I’m driving. The rare occasions I’m out socializing. At least in most of those situations, I can jot a quick note down in the nearest notebook or in the note app on my phone.
Before I got the new phone, my memo app had a laundry list of ideas and scraps for my stories. The new one isn’t quite there yet, but when the muse hit me with my theme and inciting incident for my latest story while I was at a wedding, I pulled out my phone and typed as much as I could think of before it left me forever.
The biggest lie I tell myself about my ideas is “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it!” Sometimes even mid-story. “I’m just going to stop here so I can jump right back into the action tomorrow. There’s no way I’ll forget where I was going with this because I’m in the middle of a scene!” So many times I have come back to a WIP in the middle of a scene and cursed my past self for leaving me with a half-finished thought. She should know better than to trust me to know what she’s thinking. I never know what I’m thinking!
Ugh. Writing is hard. But it’s also so much fun. And it’s what keeps me from going batshit insane most days so even on the days I hate it, I still love it.
Also dairy. I have a love-hate relationship with dairy. I love it. It does not love me back. I definitely should not have eaten so many mozzarella sticks on Sunday. I won’t learn my lesson though, and I’ll do it again.
What about you? Anything or anyone you love to hate? Hate to love? What about your characters? Do they have any love-hate relationships? As always, it’s your turn to answer the prompt now! I’m going to bed! Maybe the muse will taunt me in my dreams tonight… Anyway. See you tomorrow!
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