An interesting thing happened last evening after I wrote my earlier entry. I was talking with my partner, Michael, about how I felt I wasn’t going anywhere, how I felt adrift, and he challenged me to describe how I was stuck. I started relating the problems I was having with my space opera story, pointing out how I wasn’t finding ways to overcome some of the structural challenges I had gotten into with my outline to date. Right off the cuff, he had a some surprising and wonderful suggestions, most of which wouldn’t work, but some of which had interesting things going for them. The next twenty minutes went by in a flash of suggestions and counter-suggestions, ideas and idea amplification, a back and forth of revitalizing creative energy.
There seems to be a certain fit to the way we create together, to the give and take of our discussions about stories. We’ve both talked about how we each want to be published, but both of us have admitted to our own difficulties in getting there. But last night came the thought that maybe we could collaborate, we could write a story together. This is an exciting thought.
As a side effect of last night, my creative plug is. Ideas are spilling out of my head faster than I can contain and transcribe them. I might have a full outline of this piece put together in a few days, or a couple of weeks. I might even have a name for my main character, a detail that has been successfully escaping me like the Road Runner from Wile E. Coyote.
This. Is. Awesome. 🙂