Have you ever had a really moving incident happen where you got information, or answers to questions you didn’t even know you had? Or reassurance you were making the right move? Has your “intuition” ever kicked into overdrive when you needed it most? I mean something so profound that many would refer to it as a “spiritual” experience.
I have a few friends for whom this happens with great regularity. One of them is a friend who, along with her husband, has adopted several handicapped or challenged children over the years. There is no doubt in my mind that SOMETHING out there acts in her behalf. She uses it as a guide and a reassurance that she has, indeed, chosen—or is about to choose—the right path.
If you have had something like that, you know what I mean.
What about your characters? Are you writing a book wherein a “spiritual” experience could bring more profound meaning to your story? Are you writing a sci-fi or fantasy where intuition could kick in so powerfully that your character is profoundly impacted?
Can you put that “feeling” into words? Can you imagine the impact that would have on your readers?
I’ve been staring out the window, watching the snow fall, wondering what my Two of Three Things should be. Then, I remembered this quote:
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.
– Rudolph Erich Rascoe
So. I have the window. I have some words. Now all I need is a wife. And another really delicious sandwich like the bit of one I am consuming now.
A. Two days before yesterday my daughter’s dog tore the wing off a bird. It was horrifying.
B. My second daughter said, “Oh no! Is it suffering? I’ll go kill it. Where’s the shovel?”
C. On Tuesday–the same kind of birdie (but with both wings) tried to fly into my classroom. All the horrified feelings of Monday came rushing back. I made a student let down the blinds (though I couldn’t remember the word blinds because of my panic.)
Using one of these incidents, write a scene for your book. Change it up. Make it fit. Imagine the emotion.
Have fun and share if you would like.
PS I still haven’t gotten to my 2000 words per day. But I’m trying. I’m writing.