The Witch of the Narrows – The Process
**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**
One whole year of writing, writing, and most importantly, finishing.
As I hit Publish on story number fifty-two, I was ready for all sorts of emotions: Joy. Tears. Dread from having no idea what to do next.
But you know what? The only thought I had was, “I think I’ll sleep in next week.”
Pretty anticlimactic, I know. And now I’m even second guessing that statement because I’m pretty excited to keep writing. I guess that was the whole point, right? 🙂
But I’ll save the dramatics of the larger experiment for another post.
Where did this particular story begin? As usual, I’m not sure where the idea hit me, but it seems my hometown has been calling out to me lately. The Mojave Narrows is a regional park near where I grew up. We used to go there after church sometimes or for school field trips, fishing for trout or riding the pedalboats around the tiny Horseshoe Lake. It’s funny how small your world is when you yourself are small and your worldview is pretty insular. I never realized that this park was so close to where the actual witch lives in my story, another iconic location.
I had to give the witch a worthwhile reason for being there and for some reason, Old Hollywood popped into my mind. This High Desert area was known for ‘celebrity getaways’ back in the day. It was even a place where the “only Negro Dude Ranch in the world” existed. Fascinating, the amount of history buried within our own little corners of this planet.
I hope you enjoyed this final story of my year-long experiment which has been like a story in its own right–filled with highs and lows, tension and release. I’m just glad it had a happy ending!
Here’s the general scratch file:
- The Witch of the Narrows scratch file
And the daily journal entries:
- Saturday, July 21st
- Sunday, July 22nd
- Monday, July 23rd
- Tuesday, July 24th
- Wednesday, July 25th — Skipped
- Thursday, July 26th — Skipped
- Friday, July 27th
- Saturday, July 28th
- Sunday, July 29th