Friday, 16 August 2013

Story

teen writer writing binder story fiction
My writing binder and constant companion.
 I've meant to post.  I've even started posts.  I've had good ideas to write about.  But something is missing.

I've meant to write.  I've finished a story and an article, and I have a good start on my first column (on spec, but still quite a triumph for me.)  But I can't figure out what story I want to grab hold of and run with.  I am, at heart, a fiction writer.  Or at least a fiction-story-dreamer-upper.  I have movies constantly running in my head of stories, possibilities, what-ifs.  It explains my klutziness and forgetfulness at least.  But I want to write a story, to finish a novel, and I want to be passionate about it.  But which one?

These are my already-begun options:
- Medieval mercenary historical, England in the 1300s (The Magpie, or something like that) - Requires the most research (and began from a character sketch that was directly inspired by Sigmund Brouwer's Winds of Light series that I read and re-read as a teen.)
- Regency romance (Beatrix and the Inventor...sigh...!)
- Contemporary Romantic suspense (Disappear, or something like that. I never think seriously about titles until something is finished.) - Set mostly in Australia, which might be a problem for me since it's been 20 years since I was there.  I may need to beg my Australian cousins for help after I finish the first draft!
Or perhaps it would be better to start fresh with something else entirely (I have a couple of ideas brewing).

young writer course sigmund brouwer hero writing fan-girl
When I was 13, I attended a workshop taught by my hero
I attended a writers group meeting, at which Sigmund Brouwer (my childhood writing hero!) spoke and answered questions.  I managed to refrain from gushing like a fan-girl, and instead studiously listened and took notes.  Five pages of notes.  But pretty much everything he said boiled down to stories.  Stories are what readers read for.  Stories are what I lived for when I was scribbling dialogue and family trees on reams of loose-leaf paper and carrying my huge 3-inch-thick writing binder with me everywhere I went.  Stories are what captivated me.

Because "every great story makes you feel something" (Brouwer).  I want to write great stories.  What do I want my readers to feel?  What do you want to feel?

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