A state of anticipation is conducive to writing. The pressure of all the pent-up stress, nerves, worries, and anxieties builds up until it pours into the page, giving the writer relief. For a while, anyway.
The problem is, once the thing happens, you’re too busy enjoying it to write about it. I have published a couple pieces that I wrote while agonizing about a potential relationship with a guy in my beginning voice class. Then said relationship began, and all writing stopped.
In an attempt to capture some of those memories and feelings before they fade, I’m writing down the stories as I remember them four months later. I’ll title all of them “The Phantom” (as in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera) in honor of the music that brought us together, and the boy who I will always remember as my Phantom.