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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
"Pencil On Paper" by digitalart
'IT WAS ALL A DREAM...'
Hi all, I’m delighted to be back
here on the Naughty Nights press blog.
Something l was talking about
with my daughter the other day got me thinking about how we authors write and
how different that can be from the way we were taught to write.
I still work with teenagers on
their written work and l teach them, as do my colleagues, to always plan their
stories. This is something that l hardly ever do and sometimes as a consequence
l am left wondering how the hell I’m going to end my latest Wip.
So how many of my fellow authors
actually sit down like at school, and plan a beginning, a middle and an end
before they start? Oh l know it never works according to the plan, but the idea
is that you don’t get too side tracked.
However as l was condemning
myself for not following my own advice l suddenly realised why we teach
children to plan in the first place. If they are writing a narrative for an
exam they usually have around 20 minutes to do it. If they do a rough outline
of four or five paragraphs then they’re likely to stick to the point and
complete it in the given time. It’s different for us isn't it? We have (unless
there’s a deadline) as much time as we like to go with our story. We also use a
hell of a lot more words. So if we intended our character to be a hard ass,
independent person and then can’t resist letting them fall in love, we still
have plenty of time and space to think about what to do with them next!
The only problem is l sometimes
don’t know what to do with them next
because the half idea l had as l was beginning to write has gone off on a
tangent, swept away by my emotive mind and now my characters are staring up
from the page saying “You put us here, now what?” Even worse is the completed sex scene, a hot menage where limbs and tongues have been all over the place and l have paused several times to...cool down. Oh yeah it's really hot! My readers have been on the journey with me as every touch and shiver has been explored and revealed. But now the characters are flat out on the bed or somewhere more exotic, spent and panting. What can l do with them now? Will one of them go off and make a cup of tea? Will they all fall asleep? For me It's like waking up from a beautiful dream when l reach that part of the story. Like a furtive voyeur, l just want to sneak away whistling.
Please tell me I’m not the only
Below is the worse ending l ever
‘For Tom, Nathan and Alice it was a beautifully
exhilarating experience and one that they were to share again and again.’
I promise l rewrote it, but only after my
daughter laughed till she cried!