Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Common Themes and Abandoned Stories

The year is 2017... I feel like I have been writing and subsequently abandoning stories for at least five decades. Ironically I am only 4 decades old.

As I began pushing far too many to count worksheets around on my desk; my head began pounding.  My brain was aching from having to think! While it slowly drained any and all thoughts, I asked myself WHY?

Why am I doing this again? I keep starting and putting aside. I am fearful of one day putting myself out there and publishing my work - let alone letting actual PEOPLE read my words. It all feels like a great big WASTE OF TIME.

Yet a persistent, niggling story idea began to grow and gain strength and I began brainstorming. At the end I have this idea. No hero. No plot line. No scenes. An idea, a study into human interactions and families and choices we make.

It made me think of all my abandoned stories and wonder if there isn't some common theme within them all. Today I thought I might revisit some of those stories...

2011 - Rosie Speaks... a story of my late Nan's early life in the 1930's. She was separated from her mother for several years.

2014 - Two Islands... a missing woman, a frantic grand-daughter and a parallel world

2015 - Little Book of Horrors... a series of short stories about ghosts, murderers

2015 - RIP Uterus... the breakup of my girl bits.

2016 - Finding His Ghost... losing her love, losing her sanity, searching for answers

Separation. Loss. Family. Relationship breakdowns. Dramas. Searching.

You guys! I think that the entire theme to this years story has been growing from all of my above thwarted attempts. I cannot wait to begin writing and see where this years story, with years of learning behind me, may take me.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Mystery is in the Sneak Peak

Today is all about GENRE. Choosing a genre that I might like to write in for NaNoWriMo.

With still a month to go there is every chance I may change my mind. For now though I keep coming back to a kernel of a story idea that began as a funny story on a girls roadtrip. Since the idea won't leave me be, I decided I may as well dabble with a little planning.

For the past twelve months, I have been busy building a library of books on both solved / unsolved cases.  

Today for Preptober I am following this worksheet by EA Deverell.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Return to the Writers Circle

Lately I have been feeling...


Untethered I felt myself flapping about as though I was caught in a wild storm. Several light bulb moments that shone dimly within 30 days of excessive brain dumping every single morning; I have come to the conclusion that it is time to tether myself once more.

The easiest way to do that was to set myself a few small challenges and go do them.

*cough* SMALL *cough*  

The list seems huge, but I have already been doing three of these tasks during September. It does not feel like much of a stretch to do the remaining three (preptober / blogtober and 6 word challenge, which if all goes well should work together!) 

BUT... I do not do things by halves. For the past few months I have been setting up my Jane Davenport travellers Notebook for all things writing.

The beauty of a Travellers Notebook means I can set it up with what will work with this months challenge. For October I have added: 

1 blank Midori TN - A new intuitive journal  
Watercolours and Washi 
1 lined TN - for creative writing snippets 
A stack of printable worksheets (from EA Deverell
An etsy printable to track Preptober and Blogtober  

So during Blogtober I am planning to blog my Preptober progress. Today I announce my word count goal. Which is the ultimate NaNoWriMo goal.