Righting the Writing

Rewriting this week has been – great. I figured out what was wrong with my whole manuscript and now I can concentrate on filling in the gaps. The two main characters now (finally) have their own voices, the protagonist has become more than merely a shadow, and the creatures are creepier.

Chapter one is now chapter two, a couple of the supporting characters are not so flat (they’ve been fattened lol), and the ending is righting itself – it felt skewed in a bad way before. I was also surprised with the new direction that the book decided to go in.

It’s flowing. I’m enjoying the flow. Feeling the flow. Going with the flow.

Now I’m off to visit the new blogs I’ve discovered as a result of the writing campaign I’m doing. Thanks to Rachel Harrie for starting the campaign.

Have a great weekend.

They Said What?

So I thought it would be fun if I started a post of quotes that your writer’s brain found amusing, thoughtful, helpful, invigorating, inspiring, daring, deep, and so on.

The quotes can be from anything, anyone, anytime, anyplace in your life. They can be from a teacher, mentor, great-great-great-great grandma, Scooby-Doo, a neighbor, parent, sibling, friend, author, Winnie-The-Pooh, etc.

As long as you enjoy it then pass it on.

It works like this:

1. Read the quote in this post. (just past the directions)

2. Comment to let me know your playing. (Include a link to your blog so I can read your post.)

3. Copy the quote(s) and directions on this post  (copy and paste is fine for this).

4. Create a post on your blog that has your quote at the top and then the one(s) from this post listed below yours.

5. Let others know and pass it on.

This should generate a lot of quotes. Who knows maybe someone’s quote will inspire you, make you laugh, and think.

Quote List:

1.  “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda (Jedi-Master).

First Writing Campaign Challenge

The first challenge of the writing campaign is to write a flash fiction piece of 200 words or less. The story has to start with – The door swung open.  The title does not count towards the word count.

The optional challenge – to use exactly 200 words and end with – the door swung shut. I went for it.

This is the first Flash Fiction piece I have written. It was definitely a challenge staying at 200 words or less. I hope you enjoy what I went with here.

Mr. Pins

The door swung open, pushed by a silent breeze emanating from the basement. I was told to stay away from that place.  Now I can’t, it’s the only place I haven’t looked, he must be down there.

Standing in the doorway the stench and shadows reach out from the darkness, as if alive, to pool around my ankles. Choking on the scent of death, I take a deep breath and plunge into the black. My eyes fighting to flush out the attack on my senses.

Tears blur my vision as I feel around for a light switch and instead find a sticky liquid oozing from the wall. Then I hear him. A shuffling sound to my right.

Turning I take a step forward, my forehead colliding with a string. Pulling it I sigh with relief as a tepid pool of amber light fills some of the room.

In one shadowed corner I hear him breathing. A rasping, rough sound slides out of the black. Stepping into that darkness I grab Mr. Pins before he escapes again. “Silly old bunny. The basement is no place for you.”

Going back upstairs I put him in his cage and the door swung shut.