Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dispatches from the Thingie

Rather successful writers' group last night, even if we were all slightly giddy and giggly for much of it.


1. Lunchbox is now a verb. And it doesn't refer to making packed lunches, or anything dirty :)
2. We have secured access to cute pictures of cygnets. I will post one with the photographer's permission when I have one.
3. It was our six-month anniversary!
4. One tube of Jaffa Cakes was demolished by two people. Fine example of cooperation in action.
5. Some writing got done.
6. I have a plot!

Writers' groups are fun.

And I have a plot! Here's how I found it, just in case it might be helpful to someone stuck:

I opened my notebook and started a conversation with myself. I wrote this by hand - it's more effective for me when I'm brainstorming, because I'm always loath to scribble things out, but I delete constantly when I write on a computer. But typing could work really well for this too, because it's so quick.
My opening sentences were 'OK then so how can I work it that these two guys were killing people??? Or hurting them or something, they have to be doing something pretty bad.'
Somehow, twenty minutes of similar drivel later, I had a plot.

Not quite all of it - if I knew exactly what was going to happen, I couldn't write it. But I have a fairly solid plot up until about halfway through, and then the final half depends a lot on how my character responds to what I'm throwing at him. That should be fun to discover.

So yes, overall a great evening. Toffypops always help.


  1. Oh, you found your elusive plot! Well done! :)

    And well done on Jaffa Cakes, too. Yum yum.

  2. I was considering approaching them for sponsorship :)

  3. You're so lucky to have a writing group like that! (I am currently rewriting an entire draft of my novel by hand.)


I love comments!