This is something I have experienced lately, writing the slow burn story.
These tales are unique because they take AGES to come out of you.
They are normally written in dribs and drabs which can be very frustrating for an impatient blonde writer, like myself.
A slow burn story is a form of creative torture as your naughty muse gives you a little titbit of the story (equating to a few pages) and that’s it for a few days, weeks or even months.
The trouble is that the titbit of the story is so delicious, so juicy and so inviting, you are left gagging and desperate for more.
“Please give me more!” you cry, clasping your hands together in a begging type pose.
Your muse shakes her head. “No chance!”
“I will do anything for another bit of this jaw dropping story…please…you can’t leave me like this.” You crumple onto the floor, feeling weak and pathetic.
Your muse rolls her mascara clad eyes, gives her long poker straight hair a flick and looks away. My current muse is female BTW.
“I beg you, just a little bit more of this amazing… romantic comedy.”
Your muse mutters something under her breath about patience being a virtue and clip clops out of your mind.
Loved ones find you later, whimpering and curled up in the fetal position.
So, here’s how to handle writing the dreaded slow burn story:
View your slow burn story as a test. I believe they are sent to test our patience.
Some of us need our patience testing more than others. Sadly I was born without any patience (or upper body strength) whatsoever. I want everything now and if I don’t get it I stamp my little stiletto clad foot and shout. So, you can imagine how much fun my creative muse and I are having at the moment. She hasn’t even given me a TITLE for this latest slow burn story.
Slow burn stories are a sign we need to slow down and pay attention whilst writing a story, as opposed to rattling one-off in a couple of sleepless, caffeine fuelled, panic-stricken months. Writing is like going on a journey, sometimes you need to look out of the window and take in the scenery.
More importantly, we must remember that some stories take time to crackle and burn away inside of us.
They need the extra time and cannot be rushed.
Sometimes you need to live a little whilst writing a story. The life experiences you collect along the way can get packed into your unfolding story.
Love this quote:
“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.”
― Mandy Hale,
Slow burn stories are a gift. They might not feel like a gift at the time when you are pulling your hair out with frustration, but they are special.
Stay calm, writers.