Sunday, September 21, 6:01 PM

“I’m going in!” This is what I sometimes say to my husband when I go into the reading and writing room (as I now refer to my daughter’s former bedroom), tea cup in hand, and shut the door behind me. It sounds as though I’m plunging into the unknown, because that’s exactly what it feels like for now. I haven’t thought ahead about what I’ll write in the The Story or say here. I just know that I need to write if I want to make this a new habit. It’s a tiny bit harder to do that after two days of not writing. I may have to rethink my schedule when we get to November, and start NaNoWriMo.

I’m expecting that once I wrap up The Story at the end of this month, I’ll be using this hour to plan on my novel. Wow. That sounds so strange to my ears. But if I am going to have a go at it, I do need to stop just freewheeling the story telling, and draft out what I plan to write. At least that’s what I anticipate. I can’t imagine writing something longer than a few pages without having thought through the plot line and sketching out the characters.

But for now, it’s time to move Amy and Alan on in their adventure…

That’s done. I didn’t add more than a few paragraphs to The Story today, but I drafted the ending (which you won’t see until tomorrow or the next day). Don’t expect a cliff hanger today. I didn’t want to wrap it up quite so quickly, but I was nearly out of time and had to stop. If I’ve done this right, you probably have an idea how I’ll wrap up. But hopefully I find a way to do it that you feel satisfied with. If not, well, I’ll have drafted my very first story and that’s an accomplishment I’m grateful for.

Tea cup check – nearly empty. Until next time…

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