So far it's about a rock star who has a son and the nanny that takes care of them. Even though it's a million and one chance that the rock star knows the nanny, I'm making part of my plot about how the nanny and the rockstar had a one night stand in Paris a few years prior since I was watching The Hills the other night and one of the characters there was seeing a Frenchman on the show while she was in the city.
Anyway, I wanted to post up a picture of what my work environment is like...since I'm always curious about where people do their writing. The majority of what I do is done here:
I'm excited to edit! :)
A new way for me to find ideas on what to write has come from newspaper articles. For the backgrounds of two of my second tier characters, I took an article about a missing man and an article about three heroic men who saved someone's life and morphed them to fit my storyline. Maybe that's cheating, but by taking the idea from real life and mixing and matching I've come up with some great stuff...is that bad?
I'm developing another story from that writing excercise I did...I may end up writing it, I may not...but so far I have the characters and a few major complications/conflicts in their lives...how these all play out is beyond me...but I guess I'll figure them out eventually. From just the summaries I've written I could probably get six novels worth of action...but I kind of wanted the story line to take place over a 72 hour period (three day weekend) of time.
Here's a fun, short exercise. It's what we've been working on in my local writing prompt group but I'm not sure where it originated.
Pick a number, an adjective and a noun. This is your book title. Write a short summary suitable for a book jacket.
Six Intoxicated Perceptions
A story of St. Patrick's Day 2010, in a snow covered pub where six friends reunite after six years. Friendships are cemented, new loves blossom, old hatreds surface, and for one of them it'll be the last St. Patrick's day to celebrate.
I've established the problem, brought in a few characters, revealed a little bit of background and am aimed forward towards the end! I'm not sure if my action scene is action-y enough, but it'll have to do at least for the first draft. I'll have to ask my dad the sailer in the family to review it and add a little bit of detail to it...since he'd know what all the team members would be doing when the skipper yelled out an order.