That was the word I grasped for yesterday when a friend asked how my writing was coming along.
The Putty Grampa has morphed into silly putty.
He’s exploded, and pieces are bouncing off my brain.
He started as a simple glob based on less than a thimbleful of my dad’s wispy memories.
I thought I knew where I was going.
But I researched a little history, and now he’s out of control.
I realized that nobody would really care about him outside our family anyway.
So I turned to his wife.
Of course, she’ll have to be a nurse.
She wasn’t in real life.
But that meant more research.
And now I think have a story about two people that nobody in our family will even recognize.
Except their names.
I’ll keep their names.
I’ll throw in a pint of romance and a gallon of danger.
I’ll hurt them both.
I’ll teach them a lesson or two.
And maybe I’ll end up with story that the family will like.
Even if they don’t recognize the characters.
I hope more than the family likes it.
I see a couple blobs up in the tree.
for a pint of romance and a gallon of danger i’ll put up with a little flubber ;). I bet it’s not all that. it sounds quite wonderful, in fact! keep writing, dear girl. i’ll keep reading 🙂
You know, it’s “easy” to write the nonfiction stuff. But if I can pull off a piece of fiction, I’ll know without a doubt it’s not me. 🙂
It sounds like you’re doing well. When the characters start telling you what to do, you know that the story is beginning to flow and take over. Not such a bad thing, really.
Gotta love flubber! ‘Cause it won’t go away until we acknowledge it — sounds like your flubber is turning into something of worth! Way to go.
Nikole Hahn says
Flubber, huh? LOL. Good blog.
Susan J. Reinhardt says
Hi Sandy –
LOL! I wrote a mere 411 words the other day, and discovered there were maybe 11 I liked. Maybe I need to flubberize my characters.
Did you see Carol Garvin’s post the other day when she compared writing to crochet. Reminded me how I always ended up ripping out stitches. 🙂
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