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August 3 question – When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original, or do you try to give readers what they want?
My characters are the catalyst behind my first draft. (What!) Okay, that’s not entirely true. It’s more about me being haunted by these “characters.” I was going to write “forces,” but that’s too eerie, and I’m not delusional. I know they aren’t real. (truly). They’re figments of my imagination. The reason I write the book.
While we’re on the subject: I was tested and I am a Pantser. A haunted Pantser. But also someone who spends a lot of time with her characters before ever writing a word. Freud would have had so much fun with me.
I’m mentioning all this because I can’t remember ever being this busy; (this is ludicrous — I raised five boys) consequently, I believe I may be rambling. A lot.
I’ve been working all summer on the landscape surrounding our RV, helping with our utility hookups, and to top that off, I’m preparing for a giant garage sale.
Why? (I keep asking myself)
Because we moved from a 2700 sq ft home five years ago and placed the remainder of our belongings into two 40′ c-cans on our property across the road, where we are now. And there is no way I’m getting much more than the basics inside an RV.
The work never seems to be done. We plan to construct a 12′ deck (4′ extending past the awning) for as much outdoor living as possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if we screen in the deck at some point and maybe a surrounding deck.
A month ago we were surrounded by dirt.
What does all this have to do with this month’s question?