Graveyard for Plots – Buried Bones of Manuscripts

Okay, I’ll admit it. Writer’s Block has set in, or so it seems to have happened to The Dubious Heir. I’m gonna dig a hole in the ground and bury it, that’s what I’m going to do.

When one talks about making plots, isn’t that what they mean?

Graveyard plots for manuscripts you can’t make heads or tails of?

I’m sure I can bury it like a dog buries a bone and maybe go back and dig it up sometime way – way in the future. Probably light years from now.

Archeologist hits a tin box with a shovel. “Hey Max, I think I found something. It is a box with a wad of paper inside with these strange symbols inscribed on it.”

“Wow, those symbols haven’t been used in over a thousand years. Maybe we can translate these papers back at the lab, what do you think? Could it is a lost history file.”

Just in case, I should hide this manuscript better than that. Don’t want some alien come along and think our world is world different than it is.

Pirates, and Gigolos, bah, who needs them. At least I wasn’t writing about vampires and zombies.

Once again I dig a hole – a plot. I used the last plot to bury the manuscript.

So while at work today all I could think about was my Orgarlan Saga. “How the heck am I to plot this story out?” I feel like I have to many characters to keep track of. Maybe I should kill some of them off like was done in the Hunger Games.

I hate killing off characters. I would majorly suck at writing horror, I’m sure of it.

But then again who would have thought that I would be able to write a teen romance and have it come out kind of good?

I can report that I did write two lines for the next book in the Orgarlan Saga. They may not be the lines that I keep in the end, but I did write them down. I made the file – Opened it – it has two hundred words in it. Does my plotting count as word count? I hope – tee he –

The plan is to open this file every night and attempt to write one word, maybe two until this writer’s block breaks. They say it is the only thing one can do to get the muse functioning once again.

How’s your work in progress going?

Dig any plots lately?

Bury any manuscripts where no one will ever find them?

Come tell me about them – I’d love to hear how you went about hiding them.

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Monadnock Writers’ Group Meeting Minute and #ROW80 Check-in

It is the third Saturday of the month and time once again to let you all know how my monthly Monadnock Writers’ Group happened to be. Our speaker for today was Hilary Weisman Graham. I met her a few months ago when she spoke at our NHRWA meeting in Bow, NH. That time she had told us all about the marketing things one should not do. This time she spoke about her other form of writing that she feels she loves even more than writing fiction. She is a screenwriter at heart.

Hilary wrote a YA Contemporary a year ago called Reunited. I still have yet to read it. Winter is coming. There should be plenty of time to read then.

Her explanation of what she had to go through to pitch a screenplay for TV Shows, explained how difficult that kind of writing tends to be. It is a never ending battle to come up with the right story line, the right characters, and what they are looking for in a screenplay during that actual moment. Many screenplays are tossed in the file after file to become lost in time.

She was asked about the difference between managers and agents. Hilary said that the managers are more personal, and she can cry on her manager’s shoulder about things easier than crying on an agents shoulder. The relationship tends to be closer.

All in all, I found her screenplay presentation much more enjoyable and funny. Thanks Hilary. Hope to see you again soon and good luck on your screenplays.

Other News:

Along Came Neil is up on Smashwords – finally.

I don’t believe I will bother taking part ever again in the Kindle Select program, especially now that Smashwords has come out with the prerelease feature. I really do like Smashwords so much more than any other venue. The meat grinder was my nemesis in the past, but I do believe I may have conquered that. Now I just need to wait for them to approve the file for their catalogue. In the meantime I have a little treat for my readers. I have a coupon code to share with all of you and if you want you are free to share this code with your friends and your friends’ friends, and their connections too. So please pass it around. I am hoping to get some ratings and reviews if possible in exchange for this code.

For your Free eBook in your choice of format. Promotional price: $0.00
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ROW80 Check-In:

I missed my check in for Wednesday. So much for my goal of not missing a post, but I won’t give up on that goal just yet. I plan on trying again and again until I finally meet that goal without having to force myself to make the posts.

What I do have to report: I started working on the next Orgarlan Book. The first 1k words are done. I will give it a shot again tomorrow and see what kind of word count I can get before noon time. I know that 3k would be too much to ask for, but then again, that can be about the same length of a chapter, so one never knows.

How’s your writing going this week? I would love to hear from you. Do you attend writing groups? Who have your speakers been?

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