Monday, January 26, 2015

Story writing is hard work, compared to my blogging…..

Encourage as much change as possible in your environment.
                                                            Frank Gelett Burgess


At the kitchen table with my fingers on the keyboard and some crazy story lines racing through my head, I stare out the window. Something tells me, that with all those thoughts racing through my head, and colliding with my doubts about the colour of the room I have just finished painting, I will have to dig deep for a blog post. There seems to be no story here, or is there? That freshly, painted room will be known as the museum. It does sound like there may be a story there, but not for today.

The last couple of weeks I have been working on a story to enter a short story contest. This is something I have always thought of doing, but have never had the confidence to try. I do have that story completed, but questions run through my mind. Is it a good story? Could it just be more rambling from a blogger, who is actually too busy trying to live her “normal” everyday life and dealing with all the complications to know what “good story” means?


Oh yes, I do have stories, that is for sure, but they are my blog stories. Shorter stories that honestly have little plot, sometimes no ending and honestly come easy for me, while writing about what I know and love. I have realized that short stories with a high word count require a lot more critical thinking and plotting. Blogging about one’s life is easier because I am living it, and not to forget, what's at stake, as far as a competition goes. I had this urge to shake up my way of thinking, and to step out of the box, or my comfort zone, if you will. I am writing a piece of fiction, a mystery.

The short story that I am hopefully finished (I have said that three times), appears to have consumed my life, according to some unnamed sources. It has also changed my way of thinking. My house has taken a back seat, as far as getting “normal” things done like the vacuuming, cooking, and cleaning. I am pretty sure you know the ones, those everyday chores that we all continue to do, to keep order in our homes. This does not even count those necessary outside chores, and visiting my Mom, which I will continue to do, no matter what. Honestly something had to slide, housework it is.


Now that I think of it; why do the jobs you have always done, have to be the “normal”? When do you get to branch out to find your own new “normal”? Should that answer be never? I think not. I am branching out of this self-imposed “normal” trying to prove something to myself. Trying to prove that I can be my own “normal” not the “normal” that I have always believed was written in stone.

Now that I have this written down, I guess it is going to be my blog post for today. With it’s no ending, no plot and frankly no pressure. I do hope you can at the very least enjoy the photos that I have included. There are probably a couple good stories in the bunch. Imagination is a wonderful thing, and I know you all have one.


Just a foot note, before I leave; My Hero is supporting me every step of the way with this new “normal” of mine. He seems to be getting used to the dust, the sink full of dishes, and the canned soup. I do believe, the day that I actually mail off this short story, will be the day things will return to some kind of “normal” be that old or new. No pressure though.


Later

44 comments:

  1. Good luck with the contest!

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  2. Good luck with your short story Buttons. Sometimes I think I'd like to write more than just my blog but it would be time consuming, as you are finding out, and I probably am not that 'good' at writing to pursue it. lol Enjoy this special moment in your life and do your best at it. Wishing you success!! Hugs.

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  3. It sounds like you're really enjoying your new 'normal' B, good for you. There's no rules ... other than the ones we make ourselves... that require us to keep to the same old routines.
    A change is as good as a holiday they say!! Enjoy your story writing and grow with the experience. Good wishes for the story contest :D) xx

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  4. I'm guessing your short story will be a winner! (And clean houses are overrated anyway!) :)

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  5. It won't take you long to get in your new groove. Can't your short stories be taken from your life....all the things you know so well? I am very confident that you can do this. As you have probably noticed, my Journal is 90% photographs with very little writing. Writing interests me, but I never take the time to step up to the challenge. You, on the other hand, have been pumping out a steady diet of very creative work ever since I discovered your blog. Carry on, B.

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  6. Good luck with your story. I bet it will be super and I do hope we get to read it. Enjoyed the pics.

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  7. I'm sure that your writing talent will shine through in your short story. Good luck with it. When you run out of clean dishes, you can always but some Chinet and make due.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  8. LOL! I can relate on the writing front...blog comes easy most days but writing for my book is way more exhausting than one should feel. Hero sounds much like Mtn Man on the support front. Dishes, Dust and Disaster will be there when you are done! Normalacy is anybodies own interpretation! Have a great day....A barn to tear down is calling us....tootles!

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  9. Good for you to take the leap. I feel a mystery brewing....a farm girl who decides she is going to write and becomes embroiled in solving a murder.

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  10. Good luck, Buttons!! I've missed you. Writing fiction is so much different from non-fiction because you're using an entirely different part of your brain. But having read your writing for over two years now, I have no doubt that you can weave a riveting tale.

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  11. well, youve just gotten started, ms. columnist! Working on two mystery novels the last two years doesnt leave me much time for anything; I was even typing away in our trailer after work in the woods...just pace yourself and you'll do fine.

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  12. canned soup. :)

    and no pressure blogging is good. :)

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  13. You will do fine , just write from the heart . Glad your Hero is ok with it all and supporting you . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  14. Hi, Buttons! Sorry I haven't been around for a while. I hope you do well with your short story. I enjoy reading short stories. I am so wordy! Short would be a challenge for me. I like the picture of the cow with the winter hat in your header. I hope my cattle don't get any funny ideas! Hello from Wendell too.

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  15. You just have to take a deep breath and mail it, Buttons. You will find that the next one will be easier, as will the next and the next after that. Blogging is a relief - all you have to do is 'talk' to us! Fingers and toes crossed on that short story. But more important - hurray for you!

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  16. Buttons, I love that photo of the brooms!!!! I am not sure why, but I think it is lovely!!
    And I am sure that your story will be well received! But you are right - blogging is easier - no plots to worry about!

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  17. Wishing you the best of luck with your story. I can imagine it is very hard to write a story in comparison to blogging.
    Lynne x

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  18. I'm not sure I could handle the pressure, Buttons. More power to you!!! And I love the photos you included.

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  19. I can't imagine how you are able to have enough time to sit alone with your thoughts and actually write a short story! I send you best wishes for good results! xo Nellie

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  20. That first paragraph would be a wonderful beginning for a short story.....I was hooked, wanting to know more after that paragraph.

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  21. Good luck with the writing contest. I know what you mean about messy house when we let our creativty take over. Love all the images especially of the brooms. There must be a story behind that image.

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  22. Your writing is amazing. And I am sure you will do fabulous.. Good for you for taking the plunge. I will keep both fingers crossed for you my friend.

    Fabulous photos as well.

    Hugs~

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  23. When you stop trying to find the story, the story will flow through you. I know this because you are a vessel of words. Your hero is truly a hero.

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  24. Good luck. Or more accurately I hope the judges recognise talent when it is put in front of them. Luck has little to do with it.

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  25. best of everything, with your story writing!!!

    in hopes that the muse stays perched firmly, on your shoulder!

    :-)

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  26. The best of luck with your mystery. One can always catch up on housework, it's always there.
    Hugs M xxx

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  27. You usually don't rant! This one has a purpose and a challenge. Why do we get ourselves in a rut? sometimes it's a good thing to as you say try a new normal. I agree that blog posts are too short for plot, rising action and character development.

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  28. Hey Buttons ... I'm so excited you're jumping into this story competition. Sending lots of good wishes. You're a really good writer and storyteller, and I hope "normal" finds you taking as many opportunities as you can to pursue your writing.

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  29. I have no doubt your story will be fabulous.

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  30. I am excited for you . . . even more so that Hero is supporting you totally
    and doesn't care that the dirty dishes are piling up.
    Send it off . . . do it! Go for it!

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  31. Let's never stop growing, and creating, and changing. It's a mystery to me why you didn't enter a completion before this. Good Luck!

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  32. Good luck with your story. I'm sure it is a very good one. Let us know what happens.

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  33. go for it. it's always good to challenge yourself. I'm struggling with longer pieces too. I sometimes wonder if a novel isn't in a way easier than a short story. and go for the new normal. do as you like. as long as it's done with a bit of common sense I don't see how this could be anything but good.

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  34. I hope we'll get the opportunity to read your story at some point; you know (I hope) that there isn't a shadow of a doubt in my mind that it will be fabulous.
    As for 'normal', it's such a variable thing that it can be whatever we say it is!

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  35. I entered a couple of stories. There are so many competitions. Good luck to you! When I started my blog I thought I would start a portion of my life as a writer but as it has turned out I want to paint. Roll with the punches and enjoy the ride!

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  36. B,

    Don't second guess your work, send your story in. All of your Blogger friends enjoy your writings, we know your story will be
    awesome!!! Good luck on the competition...........

    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  37. Housework...story writing...housework...story writing. I know which would win in my mind. I think it's great that you are branching out beyond the norm. Good luck! And let us all know.

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  38. Normal is boring and even I get tired of dusting!! Let go, have fun, do what you want to do but don't let it become work. Who wants to work?!?!

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  39. Hurrah for you and your supportive hero!

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  40. Good luck! Don't worry- you are a super story teller, and I am sure whatever you write will be wonderful.

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  41. Your husband sounds like a wonderful man, a keeper! Kudos to you for entering the short-story contest. And if you don't win that does NOT mean it wasn't a good story. It just means it didn't suit the taste of the judges. Other judges might look at it differently.

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  42. I wish you the best of luck with the short story B! I struggle to write anything longer than a blog post, so I am in awe!

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  43. It's always nice to hear what you're up to, and that you're writing a short story for a competition. Congratulations on taking the steps to put your work out there. I miss being able to paint, I love what a fresh color can do for a room.

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  44. Good Morning Buttons...a new normal. Last time I heard that personally used, didn't much care for it...wry smile. That's what the medicos would tell Dave and I whenever he hit a new low. "Well, this is your new normal, you need to adjust." One time I replied, "The new normal sucks, I want the old normal back." The person looked at me in surprise. P'raps folks didn't talk back, I don't know. Best of success on the competition; it would be lovely for your to win. I've written 22 devotionals, have 31 total to write and send to publisher; someone told me, "How hard can it be? It's only 1,000 words (per devotional)." Grace, would you be proud to know I didn't slap them? ggg I just nodded and said, "It's harder for me; I'm slow." I also refrained from asking where could I buy a copy of their published book. (ooooohhhhh, wicked grin!)

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