Embrace the sudden snippet. Never turn it away. Do not snarl at its untimeliness. Do not scoff at its brevity. Simply welcome it into your novel and offer it some tea.
Snippets, those spontaneous outbursts of prose that appear out of nowhere and demand to be put onto paper “NOW!”, are oftentimes catalysts for all sorts of marvelous things.
Just such a snippet for novel #19 broadsided me last night.
A little dazed, I scrambled for a pencil and scribbled the little outtake down…
And just like that, the actual writing of #19 had begun.
How fantastically odd the creative process is sometimes.