Why I Don’t Plot…

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I am in the process of drafting a new novel called Compliant. I will tell you all about it soon.

This book has been my enemy since I started. It hasn’t flowed as well as I’d like and it’s taken a lot of effort to make it to where it currently is.

Today’s goal was to finish it, at least the first draft. I found notes from a 2am ah-ha moment. And well the notes sucked. They went
Hits scott Shes pres
Army attack
(That’s right, no grammar or punctuation)

I get her hitting Scott. He’s a jerk. I get the Army attacking. But what in the actual hell is “Shes pres”?? I would love someone to tell me cos I really have no idea

As a result, I may have just jumped right over that little bit. Can’t be that important right?

Anyway, my book ended. That’s great. I’m finally there, 81,000 words and  I killed off more people than the producers of Game of Thrones and in a shorter time span. I’m still not sure if it’s due to the plot or my overtired grumpy mood. Either way. I decided that these GIF’s suit it fine.

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Until I got to the end…

I killed off the wrong person. Now it’s do I change it or go with it and enjoy the ending. I had so many plans and well oops… Now I’m tired, have parts of my story missing, my coffee cups empty and I’m crying because of the death of a character I liked.

So there you have it, this is why I don’t plot…

Are you a plotter or a panster?

Bec

xx

 

Weekend Writing Prompt

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Good Morning,

Welcome to this weekend’s writing prompt. How did you go last week? I know some of you enjoyed it.

For your actions there are consequences. The problem was, she hadn’t believed it until now.

See how you go with this weeks. The first part of this is a standard lecture I give my kidlets. I have found it to be one of the truest sayings I have ever heard. Regardless of what you do there is always a response. Good, bad. Big, small. It doesn’t matter. An action always has a reaction.

Does this lead you to a feel good story? Did the protagonist (story’s main character) stop a bully and ultimately save the victims life?

Did she open Pandora’s box?

Did she finally answer the call from the blocked number that had been calling her for over a week?

Did she smile at a stranger? What was their response?

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Feel free to contact me and let me know, either in the comments below or through my other forms of social media.

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Enjoy your weekend,
Bec

Scribe Non Fiction Prize for Young Writers

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Photo Credit to Scribe Publications (I borrowed it from their Facebook Post)

PLEASE NOTE:

Competition closes: Monday 2nd May 2016 at 9am (Please note that the web link did originally post two dates, but I have since confirmed it with Scribe Publications. It is definitely due 2/5/16)

Age Limits: 30 and under.

Residency requirements: Australian Resident

Weblink: Scribe Publications – The Scribe Non Fiction Prize for Young Writers

Word limit: 5,000 – 10,000 words

Genre: All forms of nonfiction accepted, including essays, journalism, memoirs and creative non fiction.

Prize: $3,000 cash
Editorial mentorship to help develop your work ready for publication.
And a range of new release Scribe books

For submission guidelines, terms and conditions and the link to submit please see the competition page at Express Media.

 

 

Weekend Writing Prompt

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It’s Friday! And in my house right now, it’s such a good thing. We’ve had a week worth of illness and just general on the go, non stop life. I am looking forward to relaxing and sleeping in past 5:30am tomorrow morning. Plus I have book reviews to write.

This weekends writing prompt is…

Never before has something so flawed looked so perfect…

My first thoughts went straight to a guy and a girl in a coffee shop. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realised for me right now, that is not what this prompt was.

It’s a person, walking into a dark, damp, dusty room. Pushing open that old heavy, solid wood door and turning on the light switch, watching as the old wiring causes the light bulb to flicker slightly.

There my character comes face to face with a sight they never expected, floor to ceiling of old books, covered in dust and long forgotten. The pages off white and dog eared, the spines well used, the covers old leather and falling apart.

None of these books are new. This whole room is a chamber of love and adventure that has long since been forgotten.

But to my character it doesn’t matter, for the room they have just stepped into is their own personal heaven. A place for which the magic of written word will bring both the room, the stories and my character back to life.

What about you? What do you picture when you see those words? Where is your story heading?

I’d love you hear from you. Feel free to contact me and let me know in the comments below or over at one of my other sites.

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Enjoy your weekend,
Bec
xx