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My national novel writing month struggles and success

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I have struggled with what to write for the first few days of NaNoWriMo. I have been working on a couple of different stories, and I think that that works for me at the moment.
Let me share with you a little about each story I am working on. The first story I call Survival in the storm, but that is just a working title. This is a story about a couple who had to move into a cabin for the winter, because their house was totally destroyed. Once they settled in, and Brad Prescott started the furnace, he developed a bad cold, which turned into pneumonia. Before he passes away, he tells Jody to follow “the path”. She and a Bill Rider, her closest neighbor discover a root cellar in the cabin, after she finds a box with a key taped to it and a not inside the box. Although Jody is still grieving for her beloved husband, she discovers the provisions that he left for her. But that’s not all. She also discovers a secret path. The questions I’ve been playing around with are as follows: What is hidden down this path? Where does the path lead, and what clues does this passage give her about the destruction of her house?
The second story called The Native Beacon, which I posted a conversation with the characters in my last blog post, is taking on a different turn. Maylani is not a good beacon. She is actually part of Fire Fly’s gang. She was raised by the native beacons, but she is a fire breathing dragon. However, in the land of Snow Angel, there other native beacon creatures from the city of Winter Haven. These creatures have been sent to protect Anna and her family. Anna is the only person who has discovered these creatures, because she can feel the vibrations of their melodious language. I’m thinking about making her able to understand their language.
Here’s where I want to hear from my readers and followers. Do you think that Anna should be able to communicate with the native beacon in their own language? In my other story, does this secret path have anything to do with the destruction of her house? I know that these are my stories, but I want to know what you think. This feedback may keep the creative juices flowing, and add fuel to creative fire. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy writing during NaNoWriMo and beyond.

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Creativity in bits and pieces

Have you ever had one of those days when you have a character and a scene for a story in your head, but don’t know what to do with them? That’s happened to me in the last couple of days. I have started a start writing fiction course online, and this course has given me the hint of an idea for a story, but I don’t have all the pieces of the per verbal puzzle put into place as of yet.
One of the thing we have to do for this course is write a character sketch based on a video. I couldn’t see what was going on in the video, but I was able to read other people’s interpretations of what they saw, which gave me the idea for a character. Then, last night I was thinking about a book I read, where one of the characters could hear the voices in the wind of what we would call dust devils, although the author called them dust spinners in this particular series. However, in book three of the series, this character was able to ride the dust spinner that lived outside the house where she and her partner were guests. In my head, I saw my character riding on a whirlwind, but the wind would take him to a particular place, where he could see what went on, but wouldn’t be seen by others.
This idea is going round and round in my head, but I have no idea what type of story it will lead to yet. If anyone has any pointers or suggestions they would like to share, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Happy writing, and I’ll see you fine folks ext time. Y’all come back now, ya hear?