For the first time in my life, I lost my driver’s license at the airport. What happened? I have traveled many times, proudly showing my “United States Government Issued” identification to board an airplane. I definitely showed it to get on the flight to Dallas, but somehow, in the process of sitting down and two and half hours later, getting off, I lost my driver’s license on the way to the hotel.
At first I was a little bummed, but as I unpacked, I quickly realized my Creative Assistant could simply overnight my passport to me on Monday morning. I’m staying for several days to ghostwrite a book so I really don’t need my identification to board an airplane home until the end of the week. I’m safe and still very proud. Next time? Put my driver’s license away in my wallet right away instead of waiting until later.
So, what does this mean? What did that teach me? Two things:
1) This is a perfect example of being clear: what are my resources (who can help me?), thinking fast (how can I resolve this?), and most importantly, remaining calm throughout the resolution of this unplanned event (what most people call an emergency).
2) Another scene in a story, screenplay, treatment, book, etc. I remember the feelings, emotions, thoughts, resolutions, emails and my thought process. This will definitely show up in a future story.
Can you do this? Of course you can. Journal the feelings and thoughts you experience in any one of your experiences and use it in a future story. Call or email me anytime, I love to hear new ideas! What are some of your most recent experiences?
To your success,
Ann McIndoo, Your Author’s Coach