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Plot Holes are like Wounds, They Both can be Stitched up

Yes, you read that title right. It was so profound when I heard it in a dream yesterday morning, that I will have to say it again. Plot holes are like wounds, they both can be stitched up. Even though this little truth about writing and revisions caught me off guard when I heard it, the real meaning of this metaphore helped me to stitch up my own plot hole and flesh out a chapter, before I went to church this morning. Let me explain how it came to me. Friday afternoon, I was revising Chapter three of Journey to the Mountaintop, the second book in my Stepping Stones mystery series. When I reached the end of the chapter, I felt as though something was missing. I spoke to my friend Jen Lowry from the Jen Lowry Writes podcast about it through texts. She asked me some questions to get me brainstorming about my plot and why I wasn’t satisfied with it. I racked my brain, while catching up on a few podcasts from earlier this past week. Although nothing jumped out at me at the time, I had a dream that stuck with me all day yesterday.

 

In this dream, I was relaxing in a recliner at a medical facility. I don’t know what hospital or clinic I was in, but that part isn’t as important as what took place before I woke up. A nurse gave me a pillow to put under my knees. As I got comfortable in preparation for a proceedure, she made the statement that I wrote in the title of this post and in the first paragraph. The only part of this statement that registered, the first time she said it, was “plot holes” and “stitches”. I asked her if she could run it by me one more time, and she did. That was the moment I woke up thinking “What!”

 

The dream setting stayed with me during the ride to pick up my daughter for her Spring break, and nearly drove me to distraction last night. I told Jen about the dream and I even tweeted the quote. In response to my texts, Jen told me something that has stayed with me all day. She said that Jesus is the great physician, and the medical center setting worked out for the dream as well as that profound quote.

 

This morning, I discovered the second reason for the medical center being the setting for the dream. Chapter three started with my protagonist leaving the hospital after seeing her father, who’d been hurt in an accident. Therefore, I needed to take that ending scene I wasn’t satisfied with and move it to Chapter four. Now, I need to switch a couple of scenes around and flesh that chapter out, to finish stitching up this wound in my story.

 

The takeaway from the dream and the puzzle pieces falling into place in my novel is this: Gaping wounds must be stitched up to save a person’s life, By the same token, plot holes must be stiched up and fleshed out to give your readers an enjoyable experience.

 

What profound truths have you discovered about your writing? How have these truths enhanced your craft? Please share  your story in the comments below.

 

Until next time, may God richly bless you in your writing journey, to help you tell a better story.

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You Don’t ‘Find’ Inspiration. It Finds You.

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Every strike of inspiration I can recall — many of which have led to fairly solid ideas, sometimes even Real World Things — happened upon me completely by accident.

Most of these moments have begun with me doing something completely unrelated to writing, such as taking a shower, cooking dinner, or watching a TV show during my designated “me” time.

I’m grateful for all the times I’ve been minding my own business and BOOM — an idea hurls its imaginary body directly into my chest and I’m on the ground and I can’t breathe but also NEW IDEA!!

Though most people don’t realize it, this is generally how ideas form. Inspiration — “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative,” says the dictionary — can technically be forced. But not in the ways you’ve probably tried to force it.

Let me know…

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4 Reasons Why Silence Is Good For You

There are times when the noise surrounding us can be too distracting and can cause us unnecessary stress. I find that this is the case for me.

Although there are times when I like listening to instrumental music or my ffavorite songs to get my creative juices flowing, at other times I need total silence when I am working on a professional project or doing admin work for my author business.

Here’s an article that gives an in vepth look at why silence can be more condusive to creativity than relaxing music, especially if you’ve been surrounded by noise in your every day world.

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Reasons To Go Out To Write

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Most writers experience procrastination. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the other things you need/want to do, which leads to putting writing to the side. However, I’ve found that a great way to stop that from happening is to go out and write instead. Here’s why;

No home distractions
Yesterday I tidied and cleaned my home, caught up on some television I’d been wanting to watch, did the laundry…and of course these things are important. But the point is, when you’re at home, you’ll always see the housework that needs doing or the TV you could be watching. Being out, in any good place to write, takes away these other options.
novel writingIt feels like a treat
Taking yourself to a cosy coffee shop and enjoying a hot drink and a slice of cake is a treat. If you look at it like that it becomes a…

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How to Remember Your Ideas When You’re Falling Asleep—or Waking Up!

Do you ever get an idea just as you’re falling asleep? How about having a dream that sticks with you from the moment you wake up? Here’s a post that will give you some insight on keeping your ideas close at hand before you fall asleep or when you first wake up.

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Sometimes even I get lucky

I’ve got the prologue and three chapters of my second Stepping Stones Mystery novel revised, but I’m not satisfied with the end to Chapter three.

Entertaining Stories

Today was supposed to be my last real writing day this weekend. I took it in that spirit, and cranked out 3200 words this morning. I forced myself to stick with Serang, because I want to get through the middle slog.

This was with an hour delay to update iOS, and Apple Pages, which is my word processor.

Our fictional caravan spotted the bandit’s fire before trouble began. They chose their ground and compelled the bandits to come to them. This led to a big fight, and Serang had to fight with an alternate weapon or two when she lost her staff. Turns out she’s pretty good at combat improv.

The caravan leader decided to make a forced march to get out of the bandit territory. All in all, that’s a pretty great writing day for me.

Then something miraculous happened. Old What’s Her Face came home from work and…

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The Secret to Successful Short Stories

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I spent much of my time in grad school trying to please a certain teacher and understand the secret formula for a short story.

Up until that time, I’d only written novels (or novellas), longer pieces of work in which I developed the characters and followed a plot. These felt full and complete.

Writing one small selection vexed me.

So I read and read and researched and attempted one time after another to create a successful short piece.

I suppose there is no formula and  no one right answer, which is what I was looking for – the correct answer.

Of the things written in grad school, the one instructor I attempted to satisfy deemed them mostly unworthy.

It wasn’t until near the end of graduation that an instructor said “half of that story was the best he’d ever read.”

He didn’t tell me which half.

However, almost all those…

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Featured Book of the Week: One with Willows by Joan Myles

Greetings to my fellow bloggers, authors and book lovers in the blogosphere.

I hope you all enjoyed the new Electric Eclectic book I featured last week. If you haven’t already done so, please go out and get your copy of Fount! By Karen J Mossman and be sure to leave an honest review. This week, we are moving to a different genre for our book feature.

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This week’s featured book is entitled One with Willows, written by Joan Myles.

 

Description:

 

One with Willows is a collection of spiritually playful poems which invites you to  step out of the everyday world, to catch your breath, even to catch a glimpse of what really is.  There is magic in light that turns hummingbirds into rubies. Wonder and delight wait for you in a garden, bid you to sit beside a young child at the piano, and may even lead you  to stumble upon holiness where you least expect to find it.

 

You will want One with Willows on your bookshelf when you need a friendly reminder that things can get better. It will sit with you on the edge of the bed when you are weary, and revive your sense of hope when you need a boost.

 

Purchase links:

 

Print:

https://www.amazon.com/One-Willows-Joan-Myles/dp/1798675196/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=one+with+willows+joan+Myles&qid=1553451379&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull

 

Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/One-Willows-Joan-Myles-ebook/dp/B07PVQFX4V/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=one+with+willows+joan+Myles&qid=1553451473&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

 

About the Author:

 

Joan Myles has always been a child of wonder as well as a spiritual seeker. When she lost her sight at the age of 12, these qualities and writing poetry saved her from despair. And what’s more, once blind, her spiritual seeking took on a deeper, richer dimension. No longer was Divinity somewhere out there, hovering just out of reach. She felt God to be with her, a whisper away, a breath, a sigh, a longing inside her, an expression of wonder and delight and most emphatically, Love.

Joan earned a BA in elementary Education, a Master’s in Jewish Studies, and spent 15 years teaching Hebrew and Judaics to third through 6th graders. During that time, she also founded Yismehu, a non-profit organization which provided free Jewish learning to blind students nationwide via distance learning, and served as both textbook developer and instructor for 7 years.

Joan and her husband raised four children together. They currently live in Oregon, where she continues to delight in the wonders of Life Divine, and in the magic of words.

Connect with Joan online at the following link:

http://www.jewniquelymyself.com

 

Call to action:

 

If you have a book you would like to have featured on my blog, you may send me a request by filling out the form at

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact

or by sending an email to

annwrites75@gmail.com

with featured book of the weak in the subject line.

 

Until next week, happy reading, writing and God bless.

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World Building: Why Writers Need to be Sneaky When Building Worlds – by William L. Hahn…

I love the post linked here, because it’s a great tool for writing in any genre, no matter whether you write fantasy, mystery etc.

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How Many Hours a Day Should You Spend Writing?

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They say the more you practice, the better you’ll get. But what does that actually look like?

The reason this question is so hard to answer is that every single writer has different goals, routines, strengths, weaknesses, barriers, and so on.

Some people can write every day, and significantly benefit from that. Some do all their writing on the weekends and they’re happy with that choice.

While I understand those who start out writing “when they feel like writing” — when inspiration “hits,” for example — this isn’t a good strategy if you really want to get serious about taking your writing somewhere. Consistency is the only way to make steady progress toward an end point, and if you don’t schedule out time specifically for Making Writing Happen, you’re going to start wondering why you haven’t accomplished anything yet. It’s because — and this is my no-nonsense self talking —…

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