It’s time for a Writing Prompt post according to my posting schedule, which I’ve been trying to follow… for the most part, anyway. I’ve been busy, and writing hasn’t been going well, and I know I’m procrastinating — but I haven’t missed a daily dragon post yet, so I call that a win at least.
To try to get back on track with the more substantial posts I promised, today I visited the WordPress Daily Prompt page and was thrilled to find something that really piqued my interest, even though it was just one word:
Leap. Merriam-Webster defines it as “to spring free from or as if from the ground.” I was really thrilled to find that picture of a Leaping Dragon when I went searching, too!
As it so happens, I’ve been stalled out trying to write chapter three for weeks, which is disheartening because by my own “chapter every two weeks” calendar, I should be halfway done with chapter four by now. (I know the calendar can be adjusted, so I’m trying not to stress over that too much.) But I thought this one word, “leap,” might actually help to unstick the gears.
Sadly, after scrabbling down a few sentences, then hating them, then trying again, then moving forward in time directly to the “leap” that takes place in chapter 3 and trying to start from there, then zoning out, then trying again, then realizing I’m out of time, I have nothing to show for my hour of working with this writing prompt.
I know what /needs/ to happen in this chapter — it’s a daring rescue, in fact! I know who’s there, and why, and what happens next. I just can’t seem to get it to translate to the screen. It’s so frustrating.
If anyone else wants to give it a shot, I’d love to see what you come up with in the comments! But as for me… I’m going to let this percolate overnight and see if I can pick it up again tomorrow. Ah well. I hope everyone else can stay creative!
2 thoughts on “Writing Prompt Monday: Leap (or maybe don’t)…”
Stop redoing work that isn’t finished! Get it all down, even if the flow is all wrong, and everything about it bothers you. Trying to edit on the fly can be so disheartening, just let those beautiful words out of your brain! 🙂
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Leet g33k is right, Jamie. Just write your chapter, even if you hate it and it’s crap. That’s why we have drafts, after all. Pushing yourself out of the literary mud is miserable work, but it will get you unstuck! Good luck to you.
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