Busy Times In Writerville

Lots going on in my writing life these days!

  • Last week’s presentation on “Writing Speculative Fiction” seemed to go over well. I think folks were interested, and the simple story-idea-generating exercise I did with them was fun. Soooo much more I could have covered, but I think what I had fit well into the time frame.
  • I sent out four stories last week (as I said on Twitter, “applying for rejections all over the place!”). That makes two novels and four shorts out at the moment. Might be some kind of personal best.
  • Yesterday morning a story idea I’ve been mulling over seemed to come together for me. I sat down and wrote almost a thousand words, so it’s a good start.

“Where do you get your ideas?” writers are always asked. The questioner is usually disappointed with the vagueness of the answer, so I’m always glad when I have a couple of concrete examples to give. This new story will fall into that category.

My brother called me a few weeks ago (okay, maybe a few months ago) and said, “I just heard this piece on Spark, and it gave me a story idea. You should write it.” He does that every once in a while. We had the usual exchange–Me: “You should write it yourself.” Him: “I’ll never get around to it.” Anyway, it was an intriguing idea, and I put it into the idea processor (my brain) to spin around for a while. I think it’s ready to come out now, so we’ll see what the next few days bring. I’m planning to try and write at least 500 words a day for the next two weeks, warming up for NaNoWriMo. The story doesn’t have a title yet, though. I hate that. I like to have the title from the outset.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, the month of furious noveling is fast approaching! I’ve been doing some planning this year (imagine!), using the neat little mind mapping program called FreeMind. I showed my daughter how to use it yesterday and we both spent a lovely few hours working up ideas. I plan to blog my progress here this year, as well as tweet my first line every day, which should be fun.

Next post, I’ll give you a few hints about the story. Stay tuned!

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