Ever get in over your head?  That’s where I am right now.  Balls are dropping and bouncing all over the room and if the dog were completely healed from his back surgery, he’d chase them.

Starting last February, I took on the big project of serving as President Elect then President of my Rotary Club.  I figured, in my magical thinking way, that if I took on a big commitment like this, something really great and really interesting would come my way.

It’s my version of making such I’m involved in other plans so that life can happen.

And life happened. Not, I would like to say, like I thought, but lovely big opportunities,  Four months before it was practical, I started up with a great 20 hour a week client, and three months before I was ready, we put an offer in on a second house: in the perfect spot in the community we eventually will live in full-time.  In the mean time, we will move a set of children into the house as place holders.

These two projects did indeed push the presidency out of the way. And I am currently overwhelmed, only  barely doing what I volunteered to do.

Apparently realizing one’s dreams takes more energy than one thought.

Did you realize that the best fiction plots follow exactly the scenario above?  But in fiction, the regular plot consists of the heroine’s challenged filled life, then the big thing is a huge  and unexpected adventure. So it would be like me also discovering a long-lost relative who needed rescuing from the depths of the rain forest and I had to leave the next night carrying only my trusty bow and arrow to find him while simultaneously signing loan documents, making excuses to club members and directing the kids not to break anything during their move-in.

Is there a time that you’ve been similarly overwhelmed?

Use those feelings: the idea that if one more thing is piled onto your plate, you will lose your grip and the whole meal will crash to the ground.  That’s exactly what your heroine will feel in the very first pages of your novel or story.  That’s when you do add that one extra thing.

And see what she does.

Sorry, I’d rather take my own overwhelm and figure out how it has meaning for writing.  Better than dropping all my spinning plates.

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  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on April 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great post, Catharine. I often feel like my plates crashed ages ago and I’m just picking up the pieces, LOL:) Interesting how you apply this concept to fiction writing. Thanks for sharing!

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