My hubby bought me a bottle of sangria. This is notable because neither of us drinks much, and we hardly ever have any in the house. Last night I decided that I would have a small glass while I began my NaNoWriMo story, but then I discovered that it is a nice bottle of sangria… so nice, it has a cork instead of a screw top!
A small-scale search for a corkscrew proved fruitless. I didn’t start writing at the stroke of midnight, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. Something else percolated in my head…
I had been planning to start my NaNo story with “MMC enters the setting. This is what the setting is like. This is why he’s here.”
Now, the story begins with “Where’s the damn corkscrew?” From there, he has a dialog with the secondary character that reveals a lot of what the reader needs to know, in a much more interesting way.
I took the lemon I was handed, and I made Sangria!
I got 502 words in last night. I plan to do more as soon as I’m done with this post. I’ve since found a corkscrew, and I’ve started on the sangria.
Let’s just hope it helps me relax into writing without actually putting me to sleep.
This week, I have a couple of important extras! Tuesday, my first story was published in an anthology called Precipice. It’s available in both print and e-format from. Also, I have a short story entered in the America’s Next Author contest. You can read and download that story for free on the website. I’d appreciate your vote (just takes a click on the site, no log in) and if you’re feeling very generous, please leave a review! (requires a log-in with basic info)