First Kiss

Inspired by another prompt from Lori Carlson, this scene again takes place in an elevator, but under different circumstances. It should be noted that the names of the characters have been changed so as to not offend anyone. Enjoy.

Prompt: You’re stuck in an elevator with someone from your past. Write the scene.¬†

I ran to the elevator, hoping to catch it before it closed. Continue reading “First Kiss”


“Eye” Salute You

Lori Carlson wrote a scene on her Promptly Written blog, and I thought I would give it a try. 

Prompt: You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger. Write the scene.

As the elevator door closed, a hand wedged itself in between. It belonged to a grey-bearded man with a camouflage cap.  He looked at me like I was supposed to hold the door for him, or something. I was already running late for my appointment and didn’t want the hassle. The door closed and the elevator started moving. He didn’t press anything. There was no possible way he was getting off the same floor I was. 

There was a stench about him I couldn’t put my finger on. It was like a combination of pain cream and perspiration. I tried not to wretch. There was some rope wrapped around his corduroys. I couldn’t imagine that keeping them from falling down to his ankles. He then turned to me with those icy sad eyes. I tried not to make eye contact with him. Instead, I focused on the cap with stars lining the brim. He took the hat off, almost daring me to look at him. It was entrancing, borderline hypnotic. It was as if he wanted me to know his story without him saying a word. He walked toward me. I couldn’t move. He leaned to me with those eyes for what seemed like an eternity. 

The elevator bell rang. He stepped back and nodded his head. The door opened and he marched out. I stood bewildered.  The door closed, but I didn’t care.

Procrastination and the Writing Process

Hello, readers and bloggers. Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Thursday’s #StoryDam chat on Twitter was great. It was about the writing process and how procrastination fits into it. Procrastination, as it ties to the writing process, is a result of putting off what we like least about the writing process. For me, the least thing I like about the writing process is reading critiques from other writers, which leads to more drafting. Now, being a writer, it is my mission to be the best I can be. And that means submitting work to beta readers and critique partners. I will say that it is rare that I received a critique that totally bashed my work. The critiques are well-balanced, highlighting the good and bad. But I’m one of those people who take critiques too seriously; like they’re attacking my abilities. 

(Side note: taking critique harshly is not just a writing thing with me.)

As such, when someone highlights the bad more than the good, I shut down. I find reasons to put off writing the next draft. Hence, the procrastination. I say that I don’t have the energy to write. Or, I need to let the writing sit for a few days. Nothing wrong with letting your writing settle for a few days, but those few days can turn into weeks, then months, and so on. 

But, this is exactly what I signed up for. I have to take in the bad as well as the good. But the mistake I make is looking at the bad parts as an attack on my writing ability. Rather, I need to look at them as ways to improve the project I’m working on. I know this sounds rudimentary, but I imagine I’m not the only one who struggles with critiques and ego. Writers who get a bad review must struggle with having their ego deflated, thus halting any project they’re working on. All because of one bad review. Quite fascinating. 

The point is just because we get a critique that highlights the negative or we receive a bad review, it shouldn’t stop us from writing. It certainly shouldn’t use them as an excuse to procrastinate. Yes, we need a moment to take in those critiques, but we need to look at them through different lenses. I know I do.

What about you? What’s your least favorite thing about the writing process? Do you struggle with procrastination?