Because then inspiration will never come.
I’m actually supposed to be writing a short story based on the prompt “desert” (the noun, not the verb), but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. It’s been on the list since last year, a week or two ago, yet I just haven’t been able to think of anything fun to write about. And so I haven’t. Not a single word has been written yet. And that’s bad.
Chances are I’m just going with a scene from that one story I never did more than broad outlining for. You may recall it as “Super Ludus”, that thing with the Alternate Reality game in the post-apocalyptic world where kids compete to not die! I swear I’m working on making the general premise better than that but that’s essentially what it all boils down to right now.
The scene will fit nicely though. It matches the prompt, but has a special little something that’ll allow me to go wild on the thing I intend to practice with it: showing, not telling. “Show, don’t tell” has become kind of a cliché mantra, and I fear people overuse it sometimes (simplicity and brevity can be much more appropriate in rare cases), but apparently it’s something I still need to work on.
So expect that tomorrow, because I’m promising it now! And as we all know, I’ve never broken any promises… Uh, yeah.