I was working on my Molly project today— contemplating a slightly new format, to reconstruct the prologue. The idea came out of the first weekly mini writer’s retreat that I started last Monday with my soul-sister, Patti Henderson:
Patti encouraged me to attack the material in a new way.
I love how collaborative dialogue can push, pull, inspire. Afterwards, perseverating on the ideas that were brought up, the magic begins as one idea flows into the next, and the creative process leads as opposed to being led. The dots connect and coincidences become more than coincidences…
I was on the ferry headed to a wedding on Friday when suddenly, in my mind’s eye, I saw the prologue unfold in a series on visuals with a particular focus on the character’s eyes. We see the children see…
I wrote some notes and continued to mind map when I got home today.
I put an episode of Charlie Rose on in the background…
I heard Kenneth Branagh quote a moment in Macbeth… That is a step. On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap… He emphasized and mused on the word o’oerleap and how in the context it meant the choice of murder. I was intrigued by the word, by his take on it and how it worked well in the context of Molly. So I looked further and searched for the moment it appears in the play:
The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (1.4.55-60)
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see… how wonderful! By seeking more on o’erleap, I find a quote related to my new vision for the prologue. Coincidence?
And so, that is a step on which… I build.