My Bear is assisting me tonight...she's curled up on my left arm sleeping, while I try to work. Thank goodness she is mostly on the arm of the recliner because she weighs nine pounds.
Typing one-handed is a skill learned by necessity but does require more editing.
I feel like I've been writing with one hand behind my back for the past three months. I contracted to write a novella for a collection about women who attend an auction to bid on the right to be one of six bridesmaids. The idea originated with an online writing friend who had heard a news story about such a thing and thought it would be cute to see what six different writers could come up with, writing independently.
Why hold an auction? The bride-to-be decides she wants the money for her wedding. Not that she needs it, but because she wants it. She sends invitations to every person she has ever met, who she has any kind of address for at the time.
Why would her 'friends' agree to participate? She is a name in society. If they win a place their positions in the Newport Beach society would be elevated.
My writing buddy, Jayna Aspromonte, met with me in October and we plotted the 20,000 word novella. Loosely, mind you since I'm a panster--a writer who gets an idea and starts writing. No pre-planning, no character arcs, just sit down and write. A plotter lays everything out in detail.
Elaine and I traveled the same way we wrote. We had a destination in mind but how we got there depended on what we saw on our maps--the old-fashioned thingies made from paper with roads on it to guide you.
Oh, the places we would have missed and the adventures that we wouldn't have had if we plotted our course by city, date, and time. I'll have those memories for the rest of my life span and beyond because bits and pieces of all our trips end up in our writings.
Back to the discussion. All I had to do was get the invitation to Colleen (my heroine), have her go to the bridesmaids' auction, and win a spot.
Why couldn't I do that? No idea at the time. I started writing and got nowhere. November came, and I started again using the same basic story line. Nada.
The pressure built. I only had 20k to write. Easy task. After all, I had managed to write 51,000 words once in November during National Novel Writing Month. Two weeks passed and Thanksgiving was nearing along with my December 1 deadline. Panic rose.
Then I did what I should have done to start with...I started praying. At the beginning of Thanksgiving week, I got an insight. A thought from a line in version two hit me. Colleen had taken some extra time in getting to California because she drove and did some sightseeing.
What if I changed her profession from potter to photographer and sent her on that same sightseeing tour, starting the story off in the middle of her adventure?
New file, new beginning. The only thing remaining from the original outline was Colleen Decker, and that she currently lives in Dallas. She had lived in Newport Beach until she was twelve and her parents were killed. Everything else was new.
Now, Colleen found herself on Wyoming Highway 14A, scenic route through the Big Horn Mountains, having car trouble. From there, the story built. And I had fun with the writing.
I had been on Hwy 14A, and we had trouble with Elaine's van, but the problem resolved itself without human interaction. God is a better mechanic than any human.
In Colleen's case, Andrew (Drew) Thomas Murphy came along at the right time.
I got the novella finished, but not by my December 1 deadline. I emailed the publisher to let her know about the delay and continued writing. I emailed the completed file to her on December 12. So now I'm waiting to see if she accepts it, and if it will be included in the novella collection.
I'm still praying. But even if it is rejected by that publisher, I came up with ideas for two more stories. I'll write those and package all three together to submit to a different publisher.
Now, I can come out of my cave and spend more time in the living room, so Bear and the rest of the crew can join me in the recliner again.
Author, editor, quilter.
New Kindle Release
December 21, 2017
The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid
Can be purchased as a single title or in a collection,
Trying Out For Love
with 5 other novellas from Amazon.com
Murder In Maggie Valley
Book 1 of the KEPS Kozy Mystery Series from White Bird Publishing