Word of The Week (13)

Phew! It’s been a crazy one guys! I’m at a Girlguiding leader camp, it’s cool. I like a bit of learning. Plus, these ladies make awesome characters, combining their traits and quirks to make a new person is fun! Shhhh, don’t tell them I said that!

Anyway onto the new word before I’m, lynched!!

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This is a great word! Its nice to say and it sounds cool. It’s when you entice or deceive someone by sweet talk or flattery. I think its a more sophisticated way of saying lip service. Sales people use this technique a lot, you cant help but respond to it. Being honeyfuggled is not something to be ashamed of, its part of human behaviour, I’ve fallen for it loads.

Here’s a story for you, my Mum and I went Christmas shopping a couple of years ago, its something of a tradition, we go every year. We were in a well known department store and there was a demonstration going on, the guy was captivating and engaging. He was prancing around the little area he had his stall in and he was a honeyfuggle expert. He must have said something nice to every member of the audience. Anyway, long story short, both me and my Mum spend a stupid amount of money on 2 hand whisks. That we didn’t need. That I will struggle to use. Because he made it sound like we needed them. And he liked my Mum’s teeth. The guy was brilliant!

So there you go, we all get honeyfuggled on occasion!

See you soon…..

In your face plot hole!

Hi Friends,

So guess what happened to me this week? I was merrily writing, in the yellow room, coffee on the go, birds singing outside, when all of a sudden I stopped. I literally just stopped. I was half way through a scene and realised there is a plot hole so big in my book I could probably fit 3 elephants and 2 trains through it, all at the same time!! (Cue blank stares and the occasional eye twitch).

Why did my character do that? Why didn’t they stop me from continuing? What the hell is wring with them? – All seemed like valid questions at the time, along with a small amount of self doubt and an edge of hatred – What is wrong with me? How did I not see that? Idiot! Moron! Grrrrrr! – Literally things that happened!

Then I sat back and thought, well, this happens to us all at some point and so I figured I would tell you what I did to get over it, that seemed more productive than stomping round the house saying words that should not come from a sailor, let alone a lady!

I wrote a timeline. Yep. It was that simple. Ridiculous right? They are my new favourite thing ever. I am a pantser (Someone who doesn’t manically plot, I have an idea of characters and story and I just write, I write what they tell me to write!) but having a timeline was really helpful. I could add to it as necessary and I could tract the main plot, the sub plots and relationships as I write them.

Here is an example of a timeline, its not the actual one, that’s super top secret!

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So you can see where I have tracked the basics, that’s how it starts, the orange lines are the main story and the yellow lines are the sub plot, the romantic relationship between hero and village idiot. It gets messy, and you have to let it. Go where the story takes you my friend.

This REALLY helped me sort out the massive plot hole I had in my book and I hope it helps you too, if you want more information on it, or you just want to chat, you know where to find me!

See you soon…….

When you feel like all the stories are taken

You know when you sit down to write because inspiration has hit and you are all excited and you reach for your coffee and have a moment of unwanted clarity…… damn…… this story has already been written. So you get annoyed with yourself and go and eat some cake, or is that just me?

Let me tell you this friends, the story may well have been told before, it may have been told in 42 thousand different ways and although it may sound cliche (come on, who doesn’t love a good cliche?!) it has never been written by you. You have something special, something that no one else has; your voice. You have the ability to tell a story that is completely different to anyone else. Cling to this. Remember it when you feel low. Write it down and leave it where you can see it. Print out my quote. Do whatever you need to do to move forward. I believe in you!

If I am totally honest I am still working on my voice, I write exactly how I speak on here and that is when I’m at my most comfortable. In the same way that no 2 people speak the same, no 2 writers write the same. If you can’t think of a story you want to write, reimagine one you already know. You may find an unexpected comfort zone.

And if you need a little pep talk or gentle push then give me a shout, let’s not do this alone!

See you next time…..