Don’t forget to enter The Clearing Giveaway Part Deux, running through the end of May!
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If I were to start this post with something like, “My, the end of the school year is busy!” or, “Goodness, when did life get so crazy?” or, “Hey, I’m not sure how much more of my disorganization and complete lack of coping skills I can handle,” well, I’d be totally accurate. And I’d also be making a MASSIVE understatement.
I know everyone’s life is crazy so I won’t pretend mine is any more so, but let’s just say that the tornado aftermath + some very restless and unmotivated students + one very restless teacher + a writerly breakdown + an impending beach trip + a stack of papers to be graded that is (no kidding) six inches thick = Anne Riley running around with hair on fire and flailing muppet arms.
That mental image, by the way, was stolen from both Mireyah Wolfe and Sara McClung, who are far wittier than I will ever be. Hence the mental image stealing.
What’s really got me so worked up is the fact that, with SYNTHESIS in the hands of one final (and extremely capable) Beta, I decided to begin a new novel.
And you know what happened?
These characters are SPEAKING to me. Their stories are FLOWING from my brain through my fingers to the page with almost no effort. The story is FREAKING AWESOME.
And by comparison, I’m not sure what I want to do with SYNTHESIS anymore. Do I want to go on sub with it and just see what happens? Would I want to write sequels to it if it got picked up? Should I finish this new shiny, magical novel and send that on sub instead?
My stomach hurts, so let’s move on.
Heather McCorkle has subjected herself to the Character Invasion exercise, and let me tell you, she had quite a breakthrough. In her own words, this is what writing a Character Invasion did for her:
“When I sat down I had no idea what I was going to write because this story is just starting to come together in my head. I haven’t written a word yet because I’ve been struggling. Like Mercedes I had an “Ah ha!” moment while writing this entry. Thank you so much Anne, and you lovely readers, for inspiring me to do this and for helping Lea come to life for me.”
Hooray, Heather! So without further delay, here is Heather’s Character Invasion with Lea.
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A cool breeze blew in through the window beside my desk. Odd, I don’t remember leaving that open.
“If you do not stop tapping that pencil I’m going to break it in half,” an unfamiliar female voice said.
I looked up just in time to see a blond girl of about sixteen plant her butt on my desk, crinkling the papers I had been attempting to write my outline on. She crossed her arms over her bright yellow tank top and looked down her petite nose at me.
“You’ll never figure out my story that way. You’re trying too hard,” she said.
I put my pencil down – out of her reach – and gave her my full attention. “Then what do you suggest I do Lea?” I asked.
Her green eyes bored into me as she blew her gum into a huge pink bubble and popped it. Impatience ate at me as she slowly drew the deflated gum back into her mouth. She tapped the index finger of her right hand against her temple. The bracelet of colorful glass beads around her wrist bounced with each tap.
“Get out of here.” Her finger dropped down to point at her heart. “And get in here,” she finished.
Clarity struck me with so much force that I was unable to reply. It must have shown on my face because she gave me an impish smile and nodded. I reached for my pencil. When I looked back at her she was gone, leaving the curtain blowing in the breeze.
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Thanks, Heather! That was great!