Just like the surprise package your mom sends just to cheer you up, the Story Gift comes without warning. One day your slogging through pages, trying to meet a deadline, convinced you're a hack who is never going to find success (let alone find an cohesive ending for current WIP) when BAM! There it is. A complete, fleshed out idea. Better than that, it had dimensions and characters and theme ingrained in its concept.
When my delivery came, I was in the midst of meltdown. Literally, figuratively, and mentally. I'd just turned in Haunting Desire which I'd finished late. Because I had back to back contracts, that meant my next book was already late as well and I was afraid I'd never get caught up. I did not have time for any new ideas, fleshed out or otherwise. I had to write the book I'd committed to write.
I finished my contracted back (only a little bit late despite my delayed start) and finished up a few other projects I had on the fire, and still my Gift waited, unopened. Almost a year has passed since it was delivered, but a few weeks ago I finally pulled out those 50 pages and synopsis and looked at it. A part of me was afraid that absence had made me remember it as much better than it actually was.
The reverse was true. And, turns out, it's a gift that keeps on giving. The pages are flying out of me and I can't wait for my writing time when I get to work on it.
All this has made me wonder. Have you ever had a Story Gift? I'd love to hear about it.