Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Like a Maze
The last few days scenes from one of my works in progress that I have set aside for awhile have been invading my thoughts. I don't know what triggered this, but I have had to interupt my existing WIP to write down the new scenes.
This story, Evergreen, which takes place in Victorian England is so different from my current story, a historical of about the same time period with a setting in America's southwest.
As I work through putting my tales together I sometimes find that I have no clear beginning. I have started somewhere in the middle of the maze and need to work my way back to find where I start, and ultimately where I will end. Sometimes the hedgerows are so high I can scarcely see around the bend.
Interestingly, this problem, or puzzle, is very fitting to my story. The tale, which involves a renowned harpist who marries a master landscape gardener, is a labyrinth of mystery. The path to building a trusting relationship and ultimately discovering love will not be an easy one. Yet, I had plopped them right into the story without having worked out the reason for their marriage and how the story begins. The illumination that I just had showed me that the story commences on the day of the marriage they were coerced into. Some beautiful elusive scenes were at last able to find themselves onto paper.
This has been a pleasant, and refreshing break from my current work. I'm hoping it won't be too much of a distraction either. On a larger scale, I find myself winding my way around the maze of several stories that I have in the works. I cannot seem to control the ideas that are wandering around. They just pop in. I don't always know where they start and hope that for each of them some day there will be a satisfying end.
Can any of you relate to the intricacies of this writer's imagination? How do you handle dealing with multiple works?