And yet more writing practice from my favourite app! I’m noticing that all my timed practices tend to have an element of the macabre about them…perhaps I need to start writing happy endings. Have you noticed any themes that you weren’t aware about in your writing? In my novel in progress I have the words “rotting death” which was the point at which my husband stopped reading. To be fair it is a children’s story so he needs to man up a bit, but I don’t think “rotting death” would terrorize a child – if I’d gone into the details and described everything down to the last drop of gore I would be concerned. I think that a frisson of fear is good in a story though :). What do you think?
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Here is my writing practice for this week – The Garage:
The garage stank of oil and diesel, and washing powder and the warm smell of tumble dried clothes. I couldn’t help it but I liked the mixture of dirty and clean. In amongst all the smells were household memories that had long since accustomed themselves to being resigned to the garage. “Open the damn box!” she thought. Nothing is going to jump out at you. Her dream was that the contents had disintegrated a long time ago and there was only a pile of ash inside. She heard her mothers voice saying, “Come child come. There’s nothing to fear from the past.”
She began to speak in a quiet voice to herself. “Just a box. Nothing to it. You can do it.” And it repeated over and over again. “Where did you hide it? In the box. You have the box. Open the box and destroy it. Once and for all.”
On my Writer’s HQ course that I’m currently doing, there is a recurring theme of “just get writing”. So I revisited my lovely Writing Challenge app which does exactly the same thing, and here’s what came out this time.
It’s slightly macabre – I wonder what is going on in my head sometimes! I suppose this is what happens when you switch off the planning and switch on the writing.
He returned to the cemetery to finish what he started. It wasn’t a pleasant job but he had begun and you should finish what you began. He flew in with his cape flapping in the wind. He landed with a gentle whoosh as his cape billowed out around him like a black jellyfish.
“I don’t want to leave it like this, I must make it right,” he muttered to himself as he gathered himself together. He looked around the cemetery to hunt out what he needed. Graveyards held no fear for him. He rather feared the living more than the dead! There was no magic about him – he may look like a magician, but he was all about the hard work rather than swishing a wand and making it all disappear. The burial had been a work of art! A headstone, flowers, candles, fireworks – the lot. But the magic was gone. They had buried the wrong thing.
He peered into the chapel to make sure the chaplain had gone to bed, grabbed his shovel from the coal shed and headed over to Persephone’s headstone. He jumped over the fence which had been erected to protect her and knelt down in the wet grass. He felt around the headstone and to the right was a soft mound of earth. His beloved Persephone would remain safe and sound but he needed her accomplice, and she had been buried with Persephone.
“You have changed my love,” he crooned. “What did we do to you?” He brushed the earth from her small round face and blew over her in a figure of eight. “What did we do to you?” As the breath revived her and she took her first breath in two days all he could think was that she looked so tired.
As part of my investigation into Writing Apps, I have completed another Writing Challenge. I love this inspiration. Have you tried the app yet? What do you think? Remember that you’re not allowed to edit – you just have to write! This one is about a “rubbish girl” who lives in a stinky cave and loves it – I think there’s a story in that somewhere? Continue reading →
Whilst I was looking into various Writing Apps I came across one called MindNode – an app which helps you create mind maps and which has become a firm favourite of mine. If you can imagine your writing wall/notice board in front of you, covered in Post Its of who is who and where they are going you will know how much space this takes up and how annoying it is when one of the post its loses its’ stickiness and falls down behind the desk never to be seen again. Or worse – your toddler son decides it would be fun to rearrange them all! Grrrr…Continue reading →
This was my first attempt at using the Writing App – Writing Challenge. Please read my post about Writing Apps here. As I mentioned in the original article – these challenges are about writing quickly using words or phrases churned out by the app every minute. It’s not about writing precisely or editing as you go. I think I would write it differently given all the time in the world, but who knows? I hope you enjoy!
All four were silent. Nothing had happened for 2 hours and still they waited. Continue reading →