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#SoCS – Might be a Light at the End of the Tunnel


What was supposed to be a light little story (comedic, at that) about two people who fall in love has taken on so many complications, I haven’t been able to add to my NaNoWriMo word count today. Which sucks, because this was supposed to be the first novella of two I planned to complete for this month’s challenge.

But that’s me and my writing: no story is ever without its twist. I’m incapable, it seems, of writing a straightforward boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl-boy-gets-girl-back tale. There are always other forces involved, and intricate ones at that. I think it’s the villains. They worm their way into my stories whether I want them to or not. There’s never just a circumstance. There has to be a physical villain.

As the title of this post implies, though, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve spent hours brainstorming–done everything short of actually getting in the shower, which is where my best ideas usually come to light. (I’m saving that for when I really get stuck … and saving unnecessary water-usage at the same time.) And I think I’ve got the plot sorted out. The bare bones of it, at least. That’s something I never do, and honestly, I worry that overthinking it will ruin my usual pantsing (flying by the seat of my pants) style. But we’ll see.

In case you’re curious about the book, it’s the prequel to the novel I wrote last year for NaNo, about an office romance between a female manager and a male temp who’s also a stripper. The story isn’t nearly as tawdry as it could have been. IT managed to be light (despite a menagerie of villains working in the office) and funny. I’ve already written the sequel to that one. They all revolve around the bar where the strippers perform. The second novella I still hope to write for this year’s NaNo will be the third in the series. The one I’m writing now will be free with sign-ups to my mailing list.

Wow. I never self-promote in my SoCS posts. I hope you’ll forgive me. But that’s what comes of just writing off the top of my head.

Anyway, time’s tight, so back to work. Hopefully the words will start flowing now that I’ve started writing. For me, writing a story is much like this stream of consciousness stuff. I start writing with a character’s mindset in my head, and it just comes out. It’s not the characters that give me problems. It’s the sticky situations I put them in.

Right! Back to work.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

17 thoughts on “#SoCS – Might be a Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. First off, no one wants to read a straight-forward boy-meets-girl story. Second, you absolutely can self-promote whenever you damn well please! You have a captive audience, one which you serve selflessly week after week with no reward. We WANT you to promote, dammit.:)


  2. Sometimes its a good idea to just go with the flow


  3. Oh! So glad you are doing NaNo! I love it! And it is funny how characters work in ways we may not have had in mind. Good luck! By the way, my characters talk to me during naps. There are a lot of naps in November!


  4. Ooooh, you are working it (NaNoWriMo)!!! I wish you Every Success!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. That sounds like a complicated November, but you always seem to do a good job with it.


  6. Hope this cleared your head enough to let you move forward in your story…I hate it when everything gets all gummed up in my writing!!


  7. Wishing you all the best ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’œ


  8. Good writing to you ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ


  9. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a girl meets boy story where the girl screws up and has to win the boy back? Hardly ever happens. Audiences don’t forgive women, especially when it comes to morality. I’m just sayin.
    Anyway, you’ll write brilliantly, your character depth and layers of meaning will delight us ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Its not the character, its the situation you put them in. So true. I guess this is the trouble of every writer.


  11. Good luck with your new novella! It sounds great!


  12. All the best Linda. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜


  13. I love this post. Do you have any posts about previous NaNo experiences? I did it once, a few years ago, and was amazed how my characters seemed to figure out what they wanted to do all by themselves! Definitely the only way I got my word count done. ๐Ÿ˜


  14. Shower? I get in and out as quickly as possible๐Ÿ˜„ Good luck!


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