For any of you who have ever wanted to write a book you can imagine the thrill when it’s finally finished. Moving characters along page by page becomes an emotional journey for the writer. Bringing Jerry to life was that emotional journey for me. Finding a happy ending for him became my personal reward.
Jerry is a fictional character suggested by my husband when I was scrambling for a story for the 2018 NaNoWriMo, a 30 day, 50k rough draft novel writing challenge. His idea to write about a homeless man is how Jerry was born.
Jerry is a reminder for me of how easily a person can lose their way. Jerry Resurrected is a symbol that with a little help from others, there can be happy endings.
Finding Nine by Author SUKI LANG
Suki Lang lives and writes in British Columbia. A story teller by nature she has a strong belief in miracles and a certainty that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way – This writer has no trouble finding happy endings.
This is the story of John, a 16 year old who loses his mother to cancer. During the last year of her life she writes a series of eight letters for her son to read after her death. Designed as a treasure hunt, the letters take John to a place his mother left long ago, where he meets a family he knows little of. The object of the hunt seems to be to find a perfect spot to place his mother’s ashes. But John soon discovers the letters are his mother’s way of helping him move through his grief, and of letting him know she will always be by his side. The journey he takes is about finding hope in the love of two people who welcome him with open arms. And John’s arrival is a gift never expected but long hoped for by two of the people his mother did not forget. Through the natural order of things a son is given the opportunity to fulfill a mother’s last wish and to discover her many secrets yet untold.
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Writers all around the world have sharpened their pencils, pulled out their laptops or iPhones and are rapidly spilling their stories out. The 30 day, 50,000 word count rough draft novel challenge is upon us. And for the first time since 2014 I was not sure if I’d join in this year.
Lined up for the challenge are two types of writers. Plotters and Pantster. Plotters create a story line with graphs and outlines. A Pantster has the seed of an idea, sits down and literally writes by their seat of their pants as fast as they can. I’m a Pantster with Plotter tendencies when it’s time to revise/edit.
This year without the seed of an idea I turned to rewrites (which are allowed) and revision of old drafts. I’ve got four rough drafts in my arsenal yearning to be worked on. But no new ideas. Wish me luck.