I started a new story today, something that popped into my head (I at first typo-ed ‘heart’ and maybe that’s more truthful) inspired by a short story collection I read recently.
On the surface, the story is about devils and angels and the worth of mankind. My gut says there’s more to the story than that, but I’ll have to write it to find out what.
That often happens with me. I start out writing a story or novel thinking I know perfectly well where it’s going to end up, but along the way something says, “But what about….” and the narrative takes a turn I never imagined. Often that direction is better than the one I’d first intended. I like when that happens. It can be frustrating, but it’s also a lot of fun getting a glimpse of the subconscious.
Many years ago, I wrote another story about a devil and an angel meeting on a subway train. It was a pretty bad story. It had its good points and the gem of something fine was there, but I couldn’t reach it. I did not have the skill to chip away in the right manner.
I think I have that skill now. At any rate, I’m going to find out. The characters are different this time around and maybe that’s all that was needed. In any case, they have something to tell me. I will proceed with caution and care and if I’m very lucky, I might overhear what it is they have to say.