The Characters are Aware That They’re Fictional

Shasta looked at the text message again. Henry wanted research done for his new book and as usual sent Shasta out to do the dirty work. This new novel would be about the dynasty of a wealthy Texas family. He sent Shasta to Texas to get the jargon of workers on an oil rig as his story would have all the action and drama of fire on the rig. Shasta knew she couldn’t talk him out of it. If Henry wanted to start a new series about this Texan family saga; then what was going to happen to the Shasta Gains series?

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Writing for Fun

You might find writing can be fun, even if you are not a writer with aspirations to create short stories or a novel. Some friends and I took a prompt writing class from Write Around Portland (http://www.pdxwriters.com) a great non-profit group. When the class was over we didn’t want to stop — so found a few more friends and made our own prompt writing group we call the Wesix Writers. 

Prompt writing is great even if you literally only have a few minutes. My group usually does ten-minute exercises. Many of my blog postings come from my writing in this group — the ones I considered fun. One of the best parts is reading what others come up with using the same prompts.

I follow a blog for a group that does five minute prompt writing exercises https://inkslingersguild.wordpress.com. This group shares what each of them wrote from the prompts. Prompts are easy to find. My favorite site for prompts is: http://writingexercises.co.uk. However, a quick query to Google will result in a long list of resources for prompt writing. 

Wesix Writers could produce quite a few novels from the ideas created in our prompt writing sessions if we were ambitious novelists who had time, and more importantly the inclination, to utilize our brilliant ideas. We don’t, instead we simply have a lot of fun writing.

Getting Away With Murder

Carlotta selected a bottle of wine and carefully injected the poison through the cork with a long slender needle. She sometimes endangered an innocent with her methods; but she always got away with murder. That was not a word she would use; she was an assassin. The act was assassination of political enemies, not murder. She was known by both friend and foe as the Snow Queen; the woman with ice for a heart.

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