We’re driving along – actually hubby is driving; I’m enjoying the view. I grab my camera, aim at a passing landscape, only to have a tree flash past my lens just as I click the shutter. Drat! Thankfully, digital cameras have a ‘delete’ button. No wasted photo, just a wasted opportunity.
Another time while out walking, I have something partially in view but can’t quite seem to get a clear shot of it. A little more this way? No, too many trees. How about from over there? Can’t see it for that building. Sigh. The desired scene is a-l-m-o-s-t visible, but not enough to let me capture it.
My current w.i.p. is challenging me in a similar way. I know vaguely where the story will end, but getting there… getting it right? It’s not happening. I don’t have a clear view from here to there.
This is where plotters have an advantage over pantsers. They have it all figured out before they even start. Me? I do some preliminary planning but I don’t dwell on details before jumping in. I like the adventure of letting the characters lead me. Right now the trouble is, they’ve gone off the beaten path and don’t seem inclined to help me find the way from there to the destination I have in mind.
So, in this final week of March Madness and Seekervile’s Speedbo, I’m peering through the trees, trying to figure out if there’s a logical route or if I have to get extraordinarily creative. Wish me luck!
Do you sometimes have difficulty seeing your goal, or do you know right from the start where it is and how you’re going to reach it?
“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
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