Writing is a passion that requires discipline and focus. With encouragement from Sage Doyle, I have made the conscious effort to drag my body from the warm cover of my duvet two hours earlier than usual, saturate myself with coffee and develop my relationship with the characters in my book. Ensconced in the darkened tomb of my living room, I go on a two-hour journey with people I get to know more intimately the longer we spend together. They take me with them on their epic adventures and I am merely there to document their trials, tribulations and triumphs.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are now dedicated to coaxing those characters from their lair in the cerebral hemisphere they call home and watching how they interact with each other. They help me understand their quirks and allow me a brief glimpse into what makes them tick. They seem to have complete faith in my ability to share their tales from the most genuine and descriptive perspective possible.
Monday night I decided to set the alarm and throw a Tuesday into the early morning writing mix. I woke up early, grabbed a steaming hot cup of coffee, a liquid that is quickly becoming my life’s blood, and sat waiting for the characters to emerge from their cranial apartment. I sipped coffee and waited. I filled the mug again and waited. I knocked several times on the door that shields them from other cerebral functions, and still, nothing. I pried open the door to their locked quarters and they were gone.
Those elusive characters, seeing the calendar and realizing it was Tuesday, thought they had the day off. Not one of them had stayed behind with the hopes of participating in a spontaneous writing session. They sent me holograms of photos from Disney with trite lines about wishing I were there and each one of them, even the villain, was wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
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I will set my alarm tonight and wake tomorrow with the expectation that they will be here and ready to go to work. I will only knock on that door once and if they stand me up again, I will have their pink slips ready to go. They’ll never work in this genre again!!