Prewriting often feels like idling while waiting for the light to change. Or being in neutral and revving the engine before a race. It is about checking off lists (or making them), seeking direction, practice writing, and research. My research this month has been less technical and more about returning to some basics. I pulled out my dictionary rather than using an app. My lists include poetic forms (some familiar and some new to me) along with words, phrases and themes that fit my intended premise. I am reading through a classic to glean some understanding about my characters' motivations. I am investigating specific personality traits for character consistency within the possible scenarios to be faced. Occasionally, I have gotten inspired to write a scene or a poem. But, most of what I am doing is less than tangible.