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I am working on a horror short story…

Yes…another one…

I saw a call for submissions and I CAN’T RESIST. 1,000-8,000 words…pfft…I can do that.

Deadline is the end of the month…YES THIS MONTH I KNOW!

I had an idea…I let it simmer…I started writing because there’s not a whole lotta time left. SO IMMA JUST GONNA WRITE IT NO PROBLEM.

Or, yes, problems.

I thought I was just writing it. I thought I was going with the flow. But I couldn’t have been because I kept going back to the beginning…fussing and overthinking. I had a list of lines to include…of images…of stuff…

I kept trying to order them, to…

OMG I WAS TRYING TO PLOT!

Well, no wonder I was having so much trouble. My brain and plotting aren’t friends. They are mortal enemies!

So I set aside my list and went back to the story. I quit trying to shove all the ideas down my poor story’s little throat and let it decide where it needs to go. Pantsers gotta pants. That sentence makes so little sense…AND I DON’T CARE.

I don’t have a complete first draft…BUT I WILL BECAUSE I HAVE NOW RECOGNIZED, NAMED, AND DESTROYED THE PROBLEM.

But…I’m sure this isn’t the last time this happens. Sometimes brains forget. Sometimes brains fight their nature and overthink. Sometimes brains try to trick us.

Silly, evil brains…

So we learn and move on.

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