Monday, July 3, 2017

Batting Five for Five

Am I using baseball terminology correctly? Five for five? Meaning that I haven't struck out yet. I am five full days into my writig challenge and I have successfully written five stories.

Not all of them are home runs, however.

The very first one, TOUCAN TANGO, is a stinker. I am not sending that anywhere. But I developed and executed the idea, and that is the main goal of this project, to get work done!

The second and third one turned out surprisingly well, and I will definitely be sending them to my agent at some point. In fact, I think they are so good, I am not saying anything about them. Keeping it secret, which means I think they might sell someday.

The fourth day's project was actually a revision of Kinderdragon, but since it was a complete overhaul I am counting it as writing a new story. There is much more characterization and conflict in this version. Trouble is, I don't know if it's any better. It might not have fixed the flaws that resulted in editors passing on the manuscript. However, I did give it my best.

Yesterday (Day Five), I was clueless for a long time. I kept kicking around ideas about a Pig at a Picnic, but that was probably because I have been to two barbeques in the last two days, so I feel like a Pig at a Picnic. However, a quick search on Amazon books shows that the idea has already been used, including the alternate title I came up with: Pignic. Fortunately, I had another inkling.

We were taking our friend from Canada back to the ferry terminal, and she mentioned how she likes Victoria, but also loved it when she lived in Nanaimo. And that reminded me of this awesome public pool that's in Nanaimo, Canada... Which made me think about how excted you are when you are a kid at the pool, and you want to run and jump into the water, but there's a life guard telling you to slow down and follow the POOL RULES... So that's what Story #5 is about. I worked on it from 6pm until 11pm, and I have no idea if my agent or anyone else in the world will like this story, but it was cracking me up!

Happy summer, happy writing, people!

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