Trouble with Stories

This post contains what some might consider a very small spoiler for my story in progress, Time Gone By.

I’ve been publishing free fiction on this site since last April, and I currently have five pieces in progress.

The problem is, I can’t seem to make anything happen in any of them, which is why I haven’t posted any in so long.

I don’t have writer’s block. I know what’s supposed to happen in most of them, but I’m having trouble getting there. The words just won’t flow smoothly. It’s as if I have 100 grit sand paper when I need 1,000 grit.

An example is Time Gone By. The narrator and three of the children have just arrived at a party, and I need her to say something to the kids that won’t be overheard, but I can’t seem to figure out how to get the greeter to leave the room for a few seconds. It’s driving me crazy; it shouldn’t be this hard, should it? I could send her to the bathroom, but that seems so unoriginal. I also kind of want there to be a chance that she might hear it, and for the narrator not to be sure if she did or not.

Oh! Now, I think I’ve got it. I think I can just make the room larger and have her get a phone call.

Coming next week, Time Gone By – Part 30.

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