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Today is 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released…happy anniversary to JK Rowling and Harry.
My writing brain stays on almost constantly and can set me challenges I may want to ignore at 5am!!
I have been known to come up with a plot twist whilst cleaning my teeth or in dreams and basics for articles for my clients can pop in to my head at the weirdest times. This is no 9-5 job! But that’s what I love about writing. Anytime, anywhere unexpected guests and developments arrive.
With fiction you aren’t so much in control of the work as the characters…I’m the ringmaster-lion tamer so the characters don’t run away with themselves but sometimes they write themselves slightly differently from the “plan.”
I may have spent time outlining the plot etc. and they go and rewrite it organically as if my imagination wasn’t the creator of both!!! Sam in Heads or Tails/Love Will Find a Way was originally intended to be sarcastic-cheeky but he wrote himself as a devious immoral b*****d. This made him stronger. A former neighbour proved to be the unconscious inspiration for the main character’s mother. This made her a lot more ridiculous and everyone knows someone like her.
The plot twist subsequently re-twisted. I liked that. An outline is good as a springboard but few of my fiction books have stuck to my plan…the characters got together and mutinied!
Some writers cry when they kill off their characters, they can say through them what they’d never dare say in real life, work through issues, and they can celebrate with their characters when they achieve their victories, large and small. This doesn’t mean we’re insane…we’re invested!
(The book I wrote when I was suffering from serious depression will never see the light of day…it’s pretty bleak.)
For me, after these good, bad and background characters form the centre of the world through the writing-editing and on to publishing, I let them go…toddling off in to the world to make their way to the readers imagination…and every reader will perceive them slightly differently thanks to their attitudes, perspectives and history. These guys are chameleons.
Hopefully, luckily, happily, a whole new set of characters, a plot and a new butterfly storm of ideas will happen in the most inconvenient but perfect ways…Writing is hard work but fabulous!
Heads or Tails is the paperback version of the e-book Love Will Find a Way. Both available from Amazon.
I hope everyone is enjoying December, so far it’s been writing busy, fulfilling and with lovely surprises for me so that’s all good. Great start to the day, a Christmas story of mine will be used on Bedtime FM soon – thanks and Yay!
And this lovely tome went on sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle this morning too. Another Yay and a Thank God! Some people have already bought it!!! It can be borrowed too – shameless plug moment!!
Here’s a little present from me to you…a senryu poem! I wrote this last Christmas time but it’s just as, if not more so, needed this year…
“Wrote to Santa Claus
Asked for wars and hate to cease
A gift of world peace.”
Have a great, safe and full of love and peace week, Joanne
Bonus flippant Yay…I’m a Celebrity is OVER!!!! not a lover of it, as you can tell.
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We made it to the weekend so chill out and think calm, lovely brainpower restoring thoughts, your brain will be soooooo grateful. You know what? You work too hard! It told me so.
I’m going to try not to do any work over the weekend…I’ve said that before though and normally I can’t resist! but I am reading a fabulous book at the mo, it’s by Victoria Holt who was really Eleanor Hibbert, sadly she died in 1993 but her gothic thrillers ROCK. (By the way she also wrote as Jean Plaidy and Phillippa Carr and her books should all be brought back in to publication!)
If your clocks are changing this weekend enjoy the extra hour.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to relax, your brain works hard and it needs a break…give it a treat, make it smile.
I am forcing myself “Little Miss Workalot,” to take the rest of the weekend off, no popping on to the laptop for a “quick” write or plotting for the children’s book I’ll be working on next week, my brain is telling me it wants a short time out from work. In fact, I think it’ll probably ask for a lie in tomorrow morning!
The rugby world cup started last night so the TV and news is full of that and the Davis Cup tie of GB vs Australia is also happening as well as a gazillion football matches so if you’re a sporty bod you’ll be blissfully happy in Blighty…I’m not that sporty, don’t get me wrong, I respect the talent and appreciate the dedication of all concerned but I’d rather read a good book. (Or write one!)
Or should that be read two? Yet again, I am reading more than one at a time…a chapter of a history book followed by a chapter of a novel in rotation. That is unless a really page turning, “I can’t put this down unless you chop my hands off” good bit compels me to keep reading. Ahhh happy days! This is an embarrassment of riches I love.
I’ve finished editing my book due for release 1st October and have done some freelance work this week and learned stuff while researching that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know that I would ever want to know.
Oh yes, and to the client who asked me to write an article about football betting strategies I had to respond that “a newborn baby has a better concept”of all that…see, told you I wasn’t sporty (and I have the coordination of a cross eyed bat. No, really!) I hope that he found someone that knew what the heck they’d be talking about.
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Just minutes before she hit the merciless land
She glided majestically towards the sound
Her sails played in the off shore breeze, broadly fanned
Alas, too late the crew felt seawater turn to ground
I watched as the traumatised Madeleine went down
She stumbled as mocking cliffs towered over her
All Madeleine could do was acquiesce and drown
Surrender her soul to the sea bed below, cast aside despair
The crew tried all they could to save their sweetheart
But it counted for nought; she was incomplete, unable to compete
As saltwater suffocated, her deck woefully split, torn apart
Her timbers crack to the echo of nature’s heartbeat
There have been many Madeleine’s over the years
There will be many more in the centuries to follow
The cliffs respected the captain’s heroic lack of fear
Pragmatic, in sorrow our captain dared not wallow
Ashore, later we found a silver tankard belonging to Joe
He cared, this captain of the good ship Madeleine
From bow to stern she was his one true love
Together in the sea their wreckage remains
The mourning crew held the tankard aloft and offered a prayer
For Joe and his dear Madeleine lost to life on this coast
The orange sunset lent a golden glint to the lapping waves there
But the cliffs whispered of menace; spectres to their sea ghosts.
And a bonus senyru titled sculpting…I have under a thousand words to go until the “Ta dah! my book is finished moment…please see my last post if that meant nothing to you!;-)
Chapter edit day
My first draft infused with play
Sculpting words like clay.
Have a fab day
It’s a bank holiday weekend here and surprise surprise it’s raining (again) so I am taking refuge on my comfy sofa later with a book about Catherine the Great so here’s hoping that as I’m editing my book about Charles II at the moment I won’t get confused and start rewriting history, you know, just for fun!
Anyway, here’s what happened early last night, it made me smile…
OK, the British are legends on the subject of weather, we can’t go thirty seconds without discussing it and we probably dream about it too…so, I was a bit surprised when Mr. Weatherman pointed to his sexy graphics of rainfall over Blighty after the news last night and authoritatively uttered the immortal line “but don’t take too much notice of that.”
You can’t give a Brit the weather forecast and then tell them that it might be totally rubbish and containing inaccurate pictures and warblings, the nation will go in to mass bemusement and seek therapy! There just aren’t enough therapists in the land to cope with the crisis – I know that the TV company are changing info providers soon but really, are the old lot just yanking our chains?! Heaven forbid that we actually look out of the window and decide what the weather is up to, the very thought is nonsense!!
Just to confirm that the country seems to be OK, people are going out unsuitably dressed for the weather and moaning about it being the end of summer before it’s started as usual so we’ll be fine. No, we will, if we all huddle under an umbrella in sandals and bobblehats and blame the weatherbod for the forecast being almost right.
Have a fab rest of the weekend and remember to relax and to dress weather appropriate, sixteen layers should do it!
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Hope you’re having a fab day.
I have had the most fabtasticexcellentmarvellous time writing full on – do not disturb – style the last few days. I love it when the inspiration and pinkies work in unison with my laptop and produce (fingers crossed) a fab piece of work.
I nearly always get a bit nervous when I start a new piece, will it soar or bellyflop in to nowhere plot land??? Yesterday and today, smooth flights. (Phew!) Tomorrow…more fingers crossed. But right now my writing brain cells are pooped. Officially. They refuse to work any more. They’re on strike.
Good job that my reading brain cells are limbering up for a work out. I’m reading about Grace Kelly at the moment. Interesting lady. As with all people, very little is absolute, humans are a mass of contradictions. Keeps us busy working ourselves out, I suppose!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Your brain told me that it needs a couple of fun days off, it’s tired from all the hard work you’ve been doing!
WEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKEEEEENNNNNNDD and the sun is shining = YAY! It has a nice sound to it, doesn’t it?!
Enjoy yourselves, smile, fellow writers write your socks off, readers read like a ninja, think beach, think BBQ, think Monday is soooooo far away! … and please remember each day only happens once…so go out and live it!!!
Have a fab one,
It’s here, Friday PM means it’s officially THE
I say that I won’t do any writing/editing over the weekend but I don’t suppose that I’ll stick to that, I’ve known me for a while now so I can predict that I probably won’t be able to resist playing with words for some of the time at least!
That said, I’m reading fab books at the mo, one about Prince Philip and another one, a WW2 novel so who knows? Is it gonna be a royal or historical or writing or all of the above weekend?????…Decisions decisions. Oh yeah, and I have to go out in to the real world too.
Can I use my OCD as a reason for buying shoes yesterday? They’re lovely gorgeous shoes but well, you know, it’s not payday yet…so yeah, I’ll blame the OCD for making me frivolous! (No, I don’t believe it either!)
Have fun peeps & thanks for reading,
It’s the longest day of the year…the most daylight but apparently not the most sun today. Ah well. There’s a lot of cloud above my head right now so if anyone sees the sun can they tell it to shine over south west England, thanks!
I am having a full on glorious fabtastic no holds barred reading fiction day…trouble is, I’ve started two novels recently, Consider the Lily by Elizabeth Buchan and The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley and both are turning out to be fab.
I have toyed with reading one for a while then switching to the other and then back again – think hokey cokey with books – and reading a book with each eye isn’t working too well ha ha.
Have a great and hopefully relaxing day and even if today is midwinter for you and not midsummer I hope that you enjoy yourself…your summer is only a few months away!
Happy chillaxing peeps.