It’s been a wonderful, sunny, dry winter here. Such beautiful weather necessitates a little water for plants that may not be as enamored with the lack of rain as me.
As I dragged the hose around the yard I experienced, as we all have, the hose kink.
The kink is random, unexpected, immediately stops the water flow and is as aggravating as hell. My first response is to do what we all do. Yell and shake the hose. And like all garden hoses, it refused to straighten. I was forced to drop the head of the hose and walk the length of the yard and manually unkink the line.
Sometimes we shake and shake a plot line in our book but nothing we do at one end of the page, unkinks the problems that appeared in the preceding chapter. The action is kinked up, the plot is not flowing, and yelling does not help.
We need to sigh. Drop the end of the hose and march back to the kink.
Flow is good. It nurtures and grows everything that comes in contact with it. So it’s our job as writers to manage an uninterrupted flow of events, characters and motivation. I’m not saying we don’t yell and shake things up. But remember to do it at the source of the trouble.