She looked around. She couldn’t believe that she was actually there. She had made it to the Superbowl. She might only be a bystander, but it was still such an amazing feeling that she was able to enjoy. She had plans to buy a few stadium cups. One was for her to use. One for her mom who’d helped her along the way. And one for the boss who almost didn’t let her go.
That wasn’t all that she was going to do. She was going to talk to people around her. She was going to enjoy herself. She wasn’t going to let her anxiety over crowds break her down now. This was her chance to be free, her chance to fly solo.
She’d never thought she’d live to see this. She wasn’t supposed to have survived that accident. She wasn’t supposed to be alive at all. That was what he had wanted. He had wanted her dead, and she was not going to take it lying down.
Looking down at the brace on her leg, holding on that fake foot, she smiled. Nope, she wasn’t going to take it, even standing up.
Maggie felt herself being pulled up. She had been expecting the pull, had been ready to welcome it. Now that the time was upon her, she wasn’t ready for it. She didn’t want to leave her family. She didn’t want to leave anyone behind. In her world, when one reached a certain age, they were drafted into the service of the Master in the Sky. No one had seen the Master. No one was seen after they were drafted. Not everyone was drafted. Tests, lots of tests, were given. It was nearly impossible to purposely fail them, though a few had tried. Read more Random Fiction!
A Night in the Palace by Carole Mortimer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Chapter 4, and he has announced he’s keeping her hostage, basically, until her brother returns his sister … whom the brother eloped with … did you follow that?”
Yeah, that described the whole book in a sentence. Oh, and they fell in love. Of course they did. In two days.
I’m not saying that true love/love like that doesn’t happen, but two days? And he’s chasing around the world for her? That just doesn’t seem true.
“I have never seen hair quite this colour before. Like sunlight caught in moonbeams.”
I love the descriptions though.
So, the story was good, but it was the same thing. Yes, I know. I’m reading a romance novel. A Harlequin Presents at that, but I would LOVE a story that is more unique, not the same formula over and over!
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There were more but I didn’t get them all because I was too busy actively listening!
- Don’t be afraid to let the story take you where it will.
- Microsoft OneNote for characters
- Writing about people you know leaves you with preconceived notions which writes you into a corner.
- It’s easier to write with a vague start (for a character)
- Listen in on conversations
- Let the characters be chatty
- Let the universe be your co-author – Chris Baty
- Silence does not help your word count.
- You have to leave some things said sometimes.
- Think some aspects in advance, even if you’re pantsing.
- World Building:
- Where/what it’s like compared to Earth
- Time period
- It’s not about the writer completely. It’s about the reader.
- Know your secondary characters as well as your main characters.
- Practice, practice, practice
06: Meeting the Main Character
This is always the hardest part for me. I know I need a male and a female (romance/chick lit, kind of a requirement, since I write hetero).
I don’t know who they’re going to be. I need to work on this.
I was talking about this with my husband. There are so many choices. So many places to choose. I don’t know what I want to do!
Ugh! This is why NaNoWriMo can be a bad thing for me!