Figuring it Out

This was another week where it felt like I didn’t accomplish much, though I actually did. Not any significant work on the house on my part, though DH did some work on the grounds, mostly bush hogging to clear out the meadows where the deer hang out. I did do a cooking day yesterday though, so we should be good for meals pretty much through Christmas. Win!

Last week I mentioned that I needed to do the “write everything you know about your story” exercise. I did that, three times. As in, it took me three sessions to write everything I knew (and there’s still more). It helped, but didn’t, in and of itself, reveal what to write for the next scene.

So I pulled out another old trick I’d almost forgotten: Twenty Answers. In this one, you ask a question (usually, “what happens next?” or “what will this character do?”) then write twenty possibly answers, no matter how obvious, stupid, implausible, or mundane. Yep, including things like “everyone decides to just go home” or “aliens arrive and kidnap everyone.” The first few answers will usually be the obvious/mundane ones. You may be forced to write something ridiculous just to come up with those last few answers, but in between are usually a few gems. I didn’t even get to twenty yet and already see a few possibilities for the next scene. While I don’t know what will happen beyond that, I can get going again.

What I’ve Been Reading

The Fates Trilogy by Kristine Grayson. I read this earlier this summer, and what a fun read! I would consider these contemporary fantasy with some romance. In these books, the three Fates are real, and they’ve been fired from their jobs, and replaced by Zeus’ teenage daughters who have no clue what they’re doing. They must figure out how to make things right and help humans who also have special power also find love, while helping them. Highly recommended!

What I’ve Been Writing

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See above. This week’s going to be busy with the holiday and houseguests, and I’m also not 100% unstuck, so I’m going to drop back to 100 words a day, for five days. I also want to finish the online workshop I started back before we moved.

What have you been up to lately? Read any good books recently? How are you doing with whatever goals you’re working on, whether writing related or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you! And if you’re in the US, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

4 Responses to \

  1. A cooking day is what I really need to start doing. My diet has gone down the toilet these past few years – since we’ve moved to Mississippi really – and I need to start eating better. Thanks for the inspiration in that regard.

    Keep up the writing tricks. I’ve seemed to bust through my bottleneck and words are flowing pretty good again. I’ve written about 6,000 words in the past 3 days, so I’m not complaining.

    Best of luck with other things. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. I haven’t been up to much. I’m still fixing my story (keep coming up on stuff that isn’t making sense!!). Be glad when I get it all figured out so I can continue onward. But I am working on it every day, so there’s that.

  3. Patricia, my diet has done the same thing since before the move. We had to get rid of some ice cream but now hopefully will do better. Good luck with yours too!

    Stacy, any progress is good. Keep at it, and good luck!

  4. You have some nifty writing tricks, Jeannette. Can’t wait to read your next book. Things have been hectic in my neck of the woods, but I’ve had lots of time with family lately, lots of company, and holding our two youngest grandchildren, both babies (ages one year and four months) is pretty awesome. I’ll milk it as long as I can because they’re all growing up way too fast.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome in your new home. Take care!

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