Why do I find titles so hard? When I do bits of writing with random words, I tend to use the words as titles – yesterday I started something using the words prompts Citrus, Decontaminate, Affection and Tailor from this post. I called it Citrus Affection. I quite like the name, but it doesn’t really fit a story where a woman thinks her husband is gay, but finds out through following him he actually just likes cross dressing. I have no idea where that idea came from. bizarre!
If you’re wondering how the words fit in with a story like that: the wall beneath the balcony where the husband is standing is citrus yellow; He has an affectionate look towards the men rehearsing the play he’s watching; she wonders who it is he fancies – is it the tailor?; and finally the story takes a little tangent when the wife thinks about her friend who’s currently working in Afghanistan decontaminating something (I don’t really know what!)
Yesterday, I did about 2 hours research for my ‘magazine article’ (assignment 2 for my writing course), a blog here, and then 450+ words on Citrus Affection. Pretty good for a days work. Today I’m crazily hungover and tired so not sure I’ll get anything done. I might push on and finish the story from yesterday. It’s not going to be very good – it’s a pretty rubbish ending (her confronting him and him telling her he just likes cross dressing not men) but I couldn’t think of any other reason why he’d be where he was unless he was gay. It’s not believable either. But it’s writing and that’s the main thing. Who knows what I may decide to take from it in years to come.
My boyfriend’s decided he wants to write a novel. A children’s novel. He is worried (and I am) he’s going to finish it before I get anywhere with mine – then resent him for it. It’s quite possible he will as he decided on the subject on Sunday night, then started writing it Monday morning! I wonder if this means I should make a big effort to get on with writing mine? I made the decision on holiday that the novel would take a step back and I would put most of my effort into getting on with my course. I think that’s going to be the best plan of action. So with that decided I’m not going to resent him if he does that. I promise. It has made me have thoughts about us both giving up work to write novels, and having life like a permanent holiday. Slight glitch there is that we’d have to be writing – not doing whatever we want.
I’ve just been looking through my writing folder on the work computer and found a document titled ‘Oneword.com’. What? I’d totally forgotten about it. Somehow I found this website. Every day they put a random word on the site and you have 60 seconds to write about it. I love it. I need to start remembering to do it. 60 seconds of free writing about a word you get to see as the time starts. It’s brilliant to get the old creative juices flowing. Strangely enough my 60 seconds of writing, if extended to a story, was Si-fi. Very strange as I know nothing about it and that really isn’t the kind of thing that would pop into my mind.
I’ve been thinking about writing a Mills and Boon book. This idea pops into my head every few months. I’ve got the basic plan for a book I could write. I’ve got loads of M&B books at home for research. I’ve been on the website (in fact I go on it every couple of years) to research writing a book for them. But I do nothing. I’m not even sure if I’ve got a plan written down for it. I may do that today (to be honest I’ve already created a document titled ‘Mills and Boon Synopsis’ today – I just wrote the title, saved and closed it). Seems like a good way to get today’s writing in. Look at me – I make a decision to focus on one thing and immediately look for something else to do.