I’ve made progress on my latest WIP, a Contemporary Western Romance. But it’s not the kind I have been able to make in the past. The novel is plotted and outlined, at least as much as a panster can plot and outline. It’s a collection of scene sketches, some of which were scribbled on scraps of paper in the middle of the night, or dictated into my phone while driving or hiding in an empty exam room when a sudden flash of inspiration hit, all stuffed into an interoffice envelope for safekeeping.
There are many personal challenges that command my attention–family matters and business travel for disaster relief work, both of which require time and focus that steals my energy and imagination. I am deep into nonfiction writing, including research abstracts and articles involving life and death-so my characters have had to wait for a while.
I had the opportunity to sign up for an online Master Class on Fiction Writing, which can be done in 20 minute segments. It’s bookmarked, but not yet opened. But I also committed to a weekend Gothic Fiction writing class with my writing group for eight ten minute sessions. I’ve only been able to complete six, but I’ve actually got an outline and a plot for another book in the Unfinished Business series. So much so, I woke up with the opening scenes in my head. Of course, it’s not for the Contemporary Western, but telling Sandra’s story was an idea I’d had since her curtain call in Storm Watch. And I’m excited about both. The weeklong winter break coming up may just give me the time to work on both–if I can block out the rest of the noise.