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Wordbound Week 18

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: What are your favorite writing craft books?  I haven’t read any that I can remember, but I’m looking forward to finding some recommendations from this.  I was just going to skip this week, but I made it a goal before I discovered wordbound at the beginning of the year to make a blog post every week, and I still have writing to share.  And I think it will be nice to look back at these posts at the end of the year and see how my writing went.

An Excerpt

“I believe him,” Izzie said.

“Really?” Caleb said, “Because I think he was completely full of shit.”

“And why’s that?” Izzie said.

“Come on,” Caleb said, “Some mystery boyfriend that no one’s seen?  He’s just trying to distract us.”

“Or maybe that mystery boyfriend is out there somewhere and he’s responsible for whatever happened to Jenna,” Izzie said, “I’ve found no evidence that Aiden and Jenna have been in contact since they broke up, so why would he just show up at her place out of the blue after all this time unless he had something important to tell her?”

“Just because there isn’t evidence that they were in contact, doesn’t mean they haven’t been in touch,” Caleb said, “And he’s clearly lying.”

Writing Goal Updates

I wrote more this week than I wrote in the entire month of April and finished four chapters of my project.  I’m over halfway done with the first draft.  I’m hoping to finish it this month, then I’ll have a lot of outlining and planning to do before starting a second draft.  It was definitely a good writing week and actually getting back into writing this story has me more motivated to keep going.

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Wordbound Week 17

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: “She turned away and walked back toward the house.”  I continued the short story I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks.

An Excerpt

“So, Aiden,” Izzie said, “We heard you went to see Jenna a couple days before she disappeared.”

“Yeah, I did,” he said.

“And you had a fight?” Caleb asked.

“Yeah, we did,” Aiden said.

“And you never thought to mention this to the police?” Izzie said.

“So they could make me a suspect?” Aiden said, “That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?  You think I had something to do with whatever happened to her?”

“Maybe,” Izzie said, “Did you?”

“No,” he answered, “Absolutely not.”

“So what were you fighting about?” Caleb asked.

“I was trying to warn her,” he said.

“Warn her about what?” Izzie asked.

“This woman I know told me she saw Jenna with her new boyfriend and she recognized him.  She said he was dangerous.  I tried to tell Jenna, but she didn’t want to hear it,” Aiden explained.

“Do you know who this new boyfriend is?” Izzie asked.

“No,” Aiden said, “I never saw him.”

“And how do we know that’s what really happened?” Caleb said, “Maybe you were jealous of this new boyfriend.  Maybe that’s why you were fighting.”

“Look,” Aiden said, “I went there to warn Jenna and she ignored me.  She turned away and walked back toward the house.  That was the last time I saw her.”

Writing Goal Updates

I did a bit more writing this week than I have been.  I did a lot of outlining, and actually worked on the next chapter of my project. I’ve been feeling more motivated in general, so next week should be a good writing week.

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Wordbound Week 16

This week’s Wordbound prompt is: Make two characters unwillingly hold hands.  I continued the short story I started last week.

An Excerpt

Caleb stopped walking and started to turn around.  Izzie grabbed his arm to stop him, but he turned anyway.

“Why are you following us?” he asked.

The young woman froze.  Izzie stared at her.

“Did you know Jenna?” she asked.

“Yes,” the young woman said, “We were friends.  I saw you coming out of her building.  I thought…”

“We’re private investigators,” Izzie explained, “Jenna’s mother wants to know what happened to her.  What’s your name?”

“Chloe,” she said.

“Do you know of anyone who might have wanted to hurt Jenna?” Izzie asked.

“No,” Chloe said, “I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure this out, but I just don’t know.”

“Okay,” Izzie said, handing Chloe her card, “If you think of anything, anything at all, please let me know.”

“I will,” Chloe said.  They all went their separate ways.

Izzie and Caleb met up again the next morning at a diner.  They were waiting for their food when Caleb suddenly grabbed Izzie’s hand.

“What are you doing?” Izzie said, as he grabbed her hand.

“Please,” he said, “My ex just walked in.  Play along?”

Izzie rolled her eyes, but clasped their hands together on the table.  She glanced in the direction Caleb was looking, and saw that the woman he was watching was looking right back at them.  She looked worried.

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much writing this week, but I did a bit of outlining and made a little progress.

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Wordbound Week 15

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Include something that must be whispered.  I decided to start another short story with this prompt.

An Excerpt

“You said Jenna looked scared when she was in your office,” Izzie said, “I think we should start there.  Whatever happened to her, it could be related.  You’re sure she didn’t say anything?  Anything that could tell us why she was so scared?”

“No,” Caleb said, “She ran out of there before telling me anything.”

“Her mother had no idea what could have happened to her,” Izzie said, “She didn’t know if she had a boyfriend.  She didn’t know the names of her friends.  It was like she didn’t know her at all.”

“Someone had to,” he said, “We’ll figure it out.”

“We need to find out what happened to her and fast,” Izzie said, “We don’t know if she was targeted and this was a one time thing, or if the person responsible for her disappearance could be going after someone else.”

“What?” Caleb said, “You think we have a serial killer on our hands?”

“We don’t know she’s dead,” Izzie whispered, “And until we know the truth, no one is going to feel safe in this town.”

“Why are you whispering?” Caleb said.

“Because someone’s following us,” Izzie answered.

Writing Goal Updates

I haven’t gotten much writing done so far, but the week’s not over yet.  I did some outlining and I started working on a new chapter, so I’m moving forward.  I’ve definitely been feeling more motivated to write over the last couple of days, so hopefully I can make some real progress this week.

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Wordbound Week 14

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:  Feature a couple of your writing friends!  How do you inspire each other?

For me, my writing has always been an extremely private thing, so I haven’t really found any writing friends.  Most of my friends either don’t know that I write, aren’t writers themselves, or live far away. But after three months of sharing just small snippets of things I’ve written in these blog posts, I’m feeling a lot better about sharing my writing. I’m planning on starting to share more outside of this blog someday soon.  I’m going to have to get used to it if I ever want to actually publish something I’ve written.

Writing Goal Updates

I wrote more this week than I have in the last couple weeks, working on a short story and finishing a chapter.  I didn’t write as much as I wanted to, but it’s a step in the right direction.  I also officially made the decision to focus solely on one story at a time.  I have a lot of ideas for things I want to write, and bouncing between them wasn’t getting me anywhere, so I thought narrowing it down to just a few to focus on would help, and it did a bit, but I’ve realized that I need to just focus on one at a time and actually finish it before moving on. This is a problem for me in general, not just in my writing.  I’ll make a to do list and start one thing, but move on to something else before finishing it, and then at the end of the day I’m stuck with several half-finished tasks.  I think I’m about halfway done with the first draft of the project I’ve chosen, so hopefully staying focused on this one thing will help me finish it in a reasonable amount of time.

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Wordbound Week 13

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:  A character opens someone else’s desk drawer. What do they find?

This is another part of the short story I’ve been writing this month.

An Excerpt

“This is definitely illegal,” Becca said as Vanessa picked the lock to Professor Atwater’s office.

Andy shushed her.

“It’s fine,” Vanessa said, “Besides for all we know, the professor’s in on it.”

“What if he isn’t?” Becca said.

Andy shushed her again.  Vanessa pushed the door open.  Andy and Vanessa walked inside.  Becca hesitated outside the office, but eventually followed them inside.  Right away she saw the box with the envelopes containing the next clue on top of his desk, but that’s not what Andy and Vanessa were looking at.  Andy was looking through a bookshelf and Vanessa was pulling open desk drawers.

“What are you doing?” Becca said.

“Snooping,” Andy answered.

“Are you seriously telling me you’ve never been curious about what professor’s keep hidden in their offices?” Vanessa asked.

“Yes,” Becca said, “But that doesn’t mean you should be doing that.”

“If we weren’t snooping,” Vanessa said, “Then we wouldn’t know that Professor Atwater has a half eaten blueberry pie in his second desk drawer.”

“Really?” Andy said, hurrying over to take a look.

“Can we please just get the envelope and get out of here?” Becca said.

“Can we take the pie with us?” Andy said, “It looks delicious.”

Writing Goal Updates

This wasn’t a good writing week again, but I think next week will be.  I have some ideas that I’m really excited about for projects I’ve already started and for things I want to start after them.  I’m hoping these ideas will get me writing more again.

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Wordbound Week 12

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:  Pick a tweet from a friend and find a way to incorporate all words into your scene.  I decided to just go with someone who I enjoy following on Twitter and chose this tweet:

fight trump read a book

An Excerpt

“How are you?” Kevin said.

“Great,” Becca said, “You haven’t seen a bunch of envelopes lying around anywhere, have you?  With a big number two on them?”

“No, I haven’t,” he said, “So what have you been up to lately?”

“Umm…well,” she said, “Andy, Vanessa, and I are trying to start a bakery.”

“A bakery?” he said skeptically, “That’s…cute.”

“What?” Becca said, rolling her eyes, “What’s wrong with that?”

“Nothing,” he said, “It’s just…I think you could do so much more with your life than open some silly little bakery.”

Becca took a deep breath.

“I really don’t want to fight about this right now, Kevin.  We did enough fighting when we were actually a couple.  Let’s just agree that I’m going to do whatever I want regardless of how silly you think it is and move on,” Becca said.

“Fine,” Kevin said.

Becca looked around the room, but she didn’t see Vanessa or Andy anywhere.

“You didn’t ask me what I’ve been up to,” Kevin said.

Becca rolled her eyes again.

“What have you been up to?” she asked.

“I’m writing a book,” he said, “Well, a memoir really.  About my life.  My experiences.”

In that moment, Becca could not recall a single thing she learned about him in their time together that anyone else would want to read about.

“That’s great,” Becca said unenthusiastically.

“Maybe you’d like to read it sometime,” he said.

“I would really, really not,” she said.

Just then, Andy walked up and joined them.

“Hey, Bex,” she said, “We should probably go find Vanessa.”

Andy nodded at Kevin.  They turned away without saying a word to him and disappeared into the crowd.

“Thank you,” Becca said.

“Is it possible that he’s gotten even more pretentious?” Andy said.

“Literally anything is possible,” Becca said, “Donald Trump is president.”

Writing Goal Updates

It was another bad writing week.  This was the only thing I worked on, but only writing a couple hundred words is better than not writing anything at all.  I’m setting myself a goal of 500 words a day again.  I should be able to do it as long as I can find a way to stay focused.