Thursday, October 22
Puzzling It Out
by Margie Senechal
This is my view this morning out my writing window. I moved the bird feeder and house into that tree for that specific reason. Sometimes I just aimlessly stare out the window at them. And at my wishing wells. I have three of them in my yard. They're pretty tattered at this point, but they inspire me to dream. As does this view.
I call it plotting. As I am not an outliner or plotter, being able to be still and study a tree, birdhouse, and wishing well are integral to my
Where Kristi and Liz find their plot stalls solved with a turn at the sewing machine, Nan finds hers with a glass of wine, and I have no idea where Ava finds hers--I find mine in the pieces of a puzzle or a quiet drive.
This week I figured out two major plot lines to keep my story going. Until then I was worried my book might top out at around 10K because the hero and heroine seemed on their HEA path too quickly and without much fuss. Never a good thing.
And I'm excited about these plot twists because they're character-driven and not just manufactured. So, that's a good thing.
Today I'm starting this puzzle. A Halloween themed one by Bella Pilar--love her stuff. She does the bookcovers of Heather Blake's Witch series. I love Bella's whimsey.
This is one of those puzzles that isn't fully interlocking. It's got edges that blend into the others. I'm not sure I got all the edges separated out because there were some questionable ones. Kind of like plot lines. Sometimes we think of something that might work, but it just doesn't fit completely.
Although, I figured out what's to come in my book, I haven't totally nailed down how to get there. For that, I'm going to keep listening to Brigadoon, sorting out the frame of my puzzle, and perhaps take a long drive and see if the voices will come.