Serendipity

Well, the Tuesday night gig didn’t happen. A family emergency of sorts put the kabosh on my plans to get to Muggswigz. Last night I got roped into watching a film I’ve long wanted to see, the 1942 version of Cat People. When that was over, Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett came on. I settled on settling in and couch potatoed the night away. Tonight a board meeting kept me busy.

But something happened over the last couple of days that was quite serendipitous. As part of my duties as an advertising copywriter I had occasion to interview a woman who had recently adopted a child. I got to talk to her for about half an hour, and she told me some eye opening things about the process and people’s attitudes toward it.

“So what?” you may ask.

What I conveniently haven’t told you up to this point is that the plot of my play centers around an adopted child. And some of the things she walked about are things that I can use right now, at the point at which I stopped writing. The interesting thing is that I didn’t set out to ask extra questions or anything like that – but the general course of the conversation turned out to contain lots of information that will no doubt come in handy.

This is one of those moments that happens while you write. It’s also why I say that if you could postpone the writing of a project indefinitely, it would be infinitely better – because there’s always something around the corner that you can use. There are things in just about all of my books that are there just because I delayed and some choice bit of information came my way.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of waiting forever. As Mr. Churchill so sagely said, there comes a point where we have to kill the beast and fling him before the public.

So there’s no sense in waiting. When you’re ready to write the project, write the project. And watch out for those serendipitous moments along the way.

Listening: Dire Straits: “Planet of New Orleans” (via iTunes shuffle play)

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