To Emilie Hardie with an impressive 7782 words to date. You are on a roll! Send me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will drop your copy of Stephen King’s On Writing in the mail to you right away.
To the rest of you, keep up the good work. I am excited to see we have a healthy competition in the works. I set aside a chunk of time yesterday and managed to write 1001 words, which is not as many as I would have liked. I’m still struggling with my editor brain. Wish I could flip a switch. As my piano teacher used to say, “Practice Makes Perfect.” The important thing is we are writing every day.
I love this global world we live in. It’s wonderful to connect with friends from Europe all the way to Hawaii. I live in Virginia, in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. No worries about the deadlines for entries. We are pretty slack around here. As long as you are within a couple of hours.
Now . . . on to today’s post
I like to swim. A lot. In fact, I swim at least a mile a day. Swimming keeps me sane. Some people can’t endure the monotony of swimming laps, but I thrive on it. I plan my meals and I plan my day. And much like Brian Castner, I use this time to work through issues in my WIP.
Casey, the young protagonist in my WIP, and I have grown close over the past couple of months. Although he confided in me about the drama in his life, he was hesitant to tell me how his story ends. The other day I told him, “Casey, I’m going to dive into this pool and I’m not getting out until you finish your story.” What I learned was worth the wait.
That same afternoon I stumbled upon this video:
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What about you?
Do you start with an interesting character or an intriguing plot scenario?
Do you know how your story ends before you begin to write?
Do you outline or fly by the seat of your pants?