100 Days of Summer - Day 2

Today was day 2 of the 100 Days of Summer writing challenge. Even though yesterday proved quite productive after I completed the prompt (I finished a couple scenes and was eager to keep writing), today I didn't want to write. I didn't like the prompt. How dare Shannon make me write something when I wasn't in the mood to write. Hah! I guess that's the point of a challenge, huh? So after several hours of procrastinating, I said, "Come on. You don't have to use it anywhere. You don't have to like it. And you don't have to share it. Just sit your butt down and write for five minutes, otherwise you're going to fail this challenge on DAY 2! How pathetic is that?"

Apparently, my little "pep talk" worked. While the kids finished eating their corn dogs and cauliflower for supper, I sat down to write for five minutes. The five minutes turned into 23 minutes before I was at a loss as to what to write next. So here ya go.

Prompt #2:     Think about a character (not the protagonist) central to the plot of your story.  Write a scene from his/her perspective.  How does the scene change?  How does the tone change?  Does this perspective shift allow you to explore the conflict from a surprising or more powerful perspective.


Here is the beginning of the scene I worked on. Of course, I want to state it's a very rough draft and may not even appear. However, it is from the novel I've been working on for several months. I don't even have a working title for it.

Tom walked up to the rock where Kylie was sitting. Other than being ten years older, it was likethe first day he’d spotted her there. It was awkward being around her. Part of him wished for what they’d once had, part of him wanted her to be miserable due to the pain she’d caused him, and part of him just wanted to ignore her. Yet, she was engaged to his older brother.

His opinion on that varied from “lucky bastard” to “stupid son of a bitch”.

The scene doesn't really change, since I hadn't written it yet, but if I wrote it from Kylie's perspective it'd be hard to show exactly what Tom was feeling. I think this way I can show Tom's personality which tends to be non-confrontational and "live and let live." He's upset about what he learns, but he really doesn't see much point in tearing into Kylie because it's in the past. Bitching her out (to be blunt) won't change anything.

I think when I revise and expand the scene, I can show how infuriating Kylie finds his attitude. She's thankful that he doesn't scream and yell, but also upset that he's clearly hiding how he really feels. I may even be able to show that Kylie tends to be a "hot head" instead of calm and collected when she's upset.


I spent 23 minutes writing and added 894 words to my rough draft.

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I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you helped cheer them on throughout the challenge!

100 Days of Summer - Day 1

As some of you know, I've been struggling to write. I know I should. I have the time. I just don't write. So when I saw Shannon Abercrombie's post about 100 Days of Summer, I jumped right in. 100 Days of Summer is a writing challenge where the participants write every day, starting with the prompt that Shannon posts on her blog. Today, Memorial Day, is Day 1.

I'm not sure if I'm going to share what I write, because I've decided to apply as many of the prompts as I can to my WIPs. And I'd hate for you to know what exactly I'm writing because then you'd be bored if you read the books when they're done.

However, I am willing to share the prompt and a bit of what I wrote. Also, I'll include how much I wrote from the prompt. Hopefully, this will help keep me on track.

Prompt 1: Start a scene where your protagonist celebrates a moment of glory or suffers through a public embarrassment.  Try showing this moment rather than telling what happened.  A strong example of a protagonist caught in a public moment is Hester Prynne, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  She is shamefully led from the town prison with a scarlet “A” on her chest.   As a reader, we learn about Hester’s character and commitment by her resolve to protect the father of her baby.  This scene builds an impeccable sense of the character as well as creating tension and exposes a central conflict in the storyline.


What I wrote (part of it anyway):

Kirima looked around at the crew of The Norseman. She loved what she did and didn’t want to stop, but she knew it was time. For her safety, the baby’s safety, and the safety of the crew. This was the right thing to do, even if it was the hardest thing she could imagine doing.

“I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m not going to captain anymore. I’ve leased the boat to Jared Stunkle. He’s willing to keep you all on at your current wage, but understands if you’re not interested in working for him.” She smirked, and continued. “Of course, he can’t imagine why people who would work for a woman wouldn’t be thrilled at the chance to work for a real captain.” Jared Stunkle was well-known for his chauvinistic ways and Kirima was glad she didn’t have to deal with him any further than signing the lease agreement and collecting her money.


I spent 25 minutes writing and added 634 words to my rough draft of Alaskan Hope.

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I know it's been ages since I've posted anything, but I am still alive. Honest. At least I think I am. Most days. It seems my family has been sick since the beginning of December. On Christmas Day, my son came down with a stomach bug, and a week later my daughter and I both had it. Once we started recovering from that, both kids caught colds. Now, I think we really are on the mend. As long as we don't leave the house until spring.

Enough excuses. Where am I with my writing? I've been struggling to find the interest to continue working on Alaskan Hope. I have a lot of the rough draft completed, but I just don't care enough to finish it. And honestly, if I don't care about it, why would anyone else?

Over the past couple weeks, I think I've figured out what I don't like about it and why I'm not interested. It means I have to spend a lot of time rewriting. Actually, I think what I have to do is closer to "starting over" instead of just "rewriting."

I spent a lot of time developing several subplots and wrote most of that, but that just led to a hodge-podge of stuff that makes me feel meh. So, now I'm back at the beginning, getting ready to focus on the main characters' stories and weave in part of the other stuff I've written.

While I've been trying to avoid working on Alaskan Hope, I keep finding myself thinking of another novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month one year. So, I'm refraining from revisions on that novel until Alaskan Hope is done. It'll be my "reward" for completing Alaskan Hope!