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8 December 2019, Moving Forward

For me the story isn’t where you prepared it to be, it’s where you feel it.  That’s why when I do all the planning and outlining, the story changes on me because when I did all the prep, I didn’t feel it and was trying to make something to conform to what I was told the process of writing should be.  What the story should be.  And then when I write, ideas come on how to make sense of the story I tried to put together and it changes.  Those changes are where I feel it.  
Which is why I should work on an outline for the second of the novellas I was planning to write now while the idea is relatively fresh.
The whole London trip didn’t go the way I wanted it to, so many things went wrong and that was a good thing.  It means the next time I go there I know what to avoid and am better able to protect the one or ones I take with me.  The next trip to London will be much more relaxed because I don’t have to go sight seeing and it won’t be a lesson in survival.
Halfway through the trip, I stopped writing and it took me this long to get back into it, through journaling.  A couple of things that threw me off was that I had an agenda of what I wanted to do for writing.  I wanted to write a ghost story.  The events of the trip were shifting me towards a different story: a thriller.  So, I should have wrote down ideas for a thriller.  
I forgot to pack my fingernail clippers.  That was one of my bigger mistakes.  Long fingernails means I don’t type among other things.  So next I will double check toiletries.  There are so many other things that I don’t need to mention that I will work on before going next.  One of them is setting up a Barclay’s account so that I only use my phone and don’t get hit hard with transaction fees.

This week, I will start working on a project, I’m just not sure which one yet.  One of the tools that I learned from college that I have never utilized was imitation.  Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers once visited the fiction class I was taking at the university.  She said that she learned to write by imitating her favorite author William Trevor.  So I plan on writing a novella by either imitating John Le Carré’s A Call for the Dead or Jennifer Giesbrecht’s The Monster of Elendhaven.  Both very different styles as the first writes thrillers and the second fantasy.  We’ll see what happens.


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