The busy is back. Or, more accurately, it never left. This week has been exceptionally busy both at home and at work. Today I’ve spent the entire day being dragged in twenty different directions at once which really gets ridiculous after a while. There’s only so many ‘no, do this rush-rush-rush instead!’ that you can have before you roll your eyes and just keep working until you manage to finish ONE THING. JUST ONE THING, DAMN IT!
So yes, I’ve been too busy to get a good Worldbuilding Wednesday post written up. Instead let’s riff on the theme of busy-ness!
Take your main character. Give them a problem. Well, you probably already have. That’s what a story is. Make that problem worse. Give it much bigger consequences than they anticipated. Now take away some of their support so that they have to deal with it by themselves or with inadequate resources.
Interrupt them. Throw another problem at them. Have someone come in and demand that they deal with this issue, probably a much less important issue, RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT THING OVER THERE! Make it so that they can’t ignore the interruption.
Interrupt them again. Throw another problem at them, one that someone they care deeply about thinks is desperately important. Make it a real problem, one that their loved one is deeply embarrassed to bring to them. Make them want to fix it.
Give them a chance to work on their loved one’s problem, get just a bit of a leg up on it, all the while aware of the VERY BIG PROBLEM WHAT YOU HAVEN’T FIXED IT YET and their original problem, too, and the ticking clock there.
Interrupt them again.
If your stress level is rising around this point then yay! You’re doing something right. Or I am. Whichever.
Give them something irrelevant to deal with, an empty belly, a full bladder, a minor wound, a crying baby that won’t hush. Something minor and annoying and absolutely impossible to set aside and ignore.
And just as they try to fix that irrelevant something…
…you guessed it, interrupt them again.
*laughs* This is where you’ll really see your character’s metal. Shove all the busy, all the interruptions, all the problems at them and then make it impossible for your character to juggle them all successfully.
Then write as fast as you can to capture the fall-out because I guarantee you that by that point the reader is right there with your character.
Off I go to juggle my interruptions, annoyances and DO THIS RIGHT NOW OR THE WORLD IS GOING TO END problems. Good luck with your writing and your week–I hope it’s less stressful than mine!
(And yes, this post totally qualifies as the minor something impossible to ignore up there. I’ve had a lovely day so far. Here’s hoping my day gets less busy from here on out and yours too.)