Writing in a fog?

Vivid blue skies accompanied us during the entire 800 kilometre drive on Saturday… at least, they did after the fog lifted. Until then, there wasn’t much of anything to see.

Morning Fog

As the early morning mist thinned, beautiful Moyie Lake was revealled.

Moyie Lake (East Kootenays), BC
Moyie Lake (East Kootenays), BC

After that, the rest of the trip was a joy… just one cloudless vista after another.

Kootenay Pass (Selkirk Mountains), BC
Christina Lake, BC

That resembles some of my writing days. I blunder along, searching for the direction a story should take, but it’s like being in a fog. Everything feels unfamiliar, although it shouldn’t. After all, the route, the basic storyline, is my own. Still, the way ahead is obscure and I can’t see where to go until a fresh breeze of inspiration finally opens up a glimmer of an idea. Once I can expand on it, my writing picks up speed.

That’s where I am right now. There’s a non-fiction article I want to write, but the idea remains murky. Unfortunately, I’m running out of time (it’s for a contest), but I’ll persevere… I’ll keep concocting one sentence at a time, waiting for the breakthrough to happen.

If only the fog would dissipate! Do you think it would help if I set up a couple fans in my office? 🙂

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

8 thoughts on “Writing in a fog?

  1. I always love your pictures! I know I mentioned it before but if you would like a second eye on a few chapters ever, please send them to me. I don’t know if I can help but I might be able to give you some feedback that will help defog and get you moving! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Terri. The ‘fog’ surrounds a contest piece that is slowly emerging, but I may take you up on your offer for some of my fiction. I’ll e-mail you.

  2. Reading this a bit late gives me the benefit of knowing the fog did indeed lift for you! 🙂

    I love fog (the literal kind…I’m not that fond of the kind that stalls my writing, lol!), but it’s so nice when it lifts, too. Beautiful photo of Moyie Lake!

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