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Putting it Together – Writing Process

I was never a fan of Jenga… nothing wrong with the game, but I didn’t like the concept of taking out pieces only to make a strong structure into a precarious one. Don’t get me wrong, I love the strategy of it, but I like building things.

That’s probably why I enjoy reality shows like Project Runway, Ink Master, Face Off, Skin Wars and yes… Bar Rescue… designing and making clothes, creating tattoos, special effects makeup, body painting, and fixing bars!  I like making things work. (Yes, Tim Gunn… I still love you)

The other night while I was in the pool jogging (the only cardio I can get with my injured back) I had an idea for a character connection in my story that would link two apparently separate characters and plot lines.

In my head, I saw a hand fitting a Jenga piece into the tower, not taking it out.

Putting it together. It’s not a huge lightbulb moment, but it was a moment.

Writing is a constant learning process. The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know. It’s a cruel cycle, really.

But this thought is one that helps. It gives me a positive thing to hold onto.

So, in my ever-evolving process, I’ll carry that image with me. Finding more blocks to ‘shore up’ the plot line and bring all of those blocks together into a story that I hope my readers will enjoy!

August 20, 2019



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