Dancing fingers

I’ve been a bit stuck lately, competing priorities but oh so gradually I’m getting the hang of balancing/juggling them all, so here I am, back again, thanks, nice to be here.

I’d heard fantastic things about The Writing Book by Kate Grenville for some time now, that it was a writing book for writers (as well as non writers), no nonsense and straight forward.

So I picked up a copy at my local library and have managed to storm my way through to the end of Chapter 1 (massive achievement of 10 pages, seriously – competing interests folks!). At the end of the chapter she has a group of exercises to try out, which I was determined to get to this afternoon (laundry be damned!).

So now I have a little vignette of a character that I want to use in my novel that includes cruise ships in the late 1930s. To be honest I don’t know if I actually met the brief of the exercise at all, but it was all about improvisations and this was certainly that.

Also I needed to shake out the cobwebs and this felt good. I set a timer on my phone and allowed myself 15 minutes (plus just a smidge) and edited a little as I went. It gives me some ideas, and I’ll hopefully move onto some of the other exercises with this in mind tonight (after family time with BMan and Little Man and the gym, and probably some laundry, and…)

Nevertheless click here to meet Joe, a 19 year old trumpet player on the cruise ship The Ocean Empress.


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