I've struggled with my WIP. Some lines have jumped, fully formed, from my brain like Athena from the head of Zeus. Beautiful lines. Someone else's lines.
And then I sat back this weekend and wonder what the hell it was all about.
My plot needed a unifying theme, something to bring all the bits into line. I think I found it, but I'm not showing my hand. Yet. Let's just say there's something worse in town than the dead coming back to life. (Should I mention the dead are afraid of the "something worse"?)
I really want to finish this novella/novel/whatever-the-hell-it-is before the end of the year because...
I'm participating in Write 1/Sub 1 next year. (Thanks to Milo James Fowler and co.)
Here's the rationale:
1. I love short stories. I love writing them and I love reading them.
2. I love Ray Bradbury.
3. It's an opportunity to spend a year doing something I love and following in the "footsteps" of an author I respect.
How can I lose?
People preach that writers need to have a platform, a message, a central "thing". If I do, mine is the sheer love of storytelling. I believe in short fiction. I think it can save the world.