Hello and welcome to my writing life diary.
Last week my fiction started showing up in real life. I do love it when this happens and even though there’s probably a sensible and rational explanation, I see it as a little piece of creative magic.
Diane Setterfield has a wonderful quote about fictional things appearing in reality:
‘The sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another.’
This is how it feels!
Here’s a list of things which jumped out of my draft novel and into my life:
- Trouble with hotel bookings. In my story there is an issue with a hotel booking and two days later I also experienced an issue with a hotel booking.
- My main character is obsessed with her job. She is always working over her weekends and can’t put her job away come Friday. Someone close to me replayed this very situation back to me two days later by revealing she’s getting obsessed at work and at a family event she got her work laptop out.
- One of my characters came down with a nasty itchy rash and two days later I had THE SAME RASH on my torso. Freaky – I know!
Have you ever experienced this?
I am wondering whether I need to start writing about a character getting a book deal. 🤔
If you want to read more of my thoughts on weird things in a writer’s life, check out this post.
Here is the latest episode in my fictional series which records the friendship highs and lows of my pets; Harry the cat and Po the dog.
When Harry Met Po
Harry and Po believed cat brother Wellington was becoming a problem.
Cat brother Wellington thought it was hilarious to hide in the dirty washing basket and leap out at Harry and Po as they passed.
He also had a nasty habit of selling whatever he could lay his thieving paws on. Cat brother Wellington was always making household items mysteriously disappear and magically appear on online selling sites.
Harry and Po wished their owners knew the real reason why their belongings went missing.
One morning Harry came up with a cunning plan to teach cat brother Wellington a lesson. He shared it with Po who thought it was the best idea ever.
It was laundry day and the dirty washing basket was stood by the washing machine.
Harry told Cat brother Wellington there was buried treasure at the bottom of the dirty washing basket.
Cat brother Wellington demanded to know what the buried treasure was and more importantly – could he sell it online?
Harry advised Cat brother Wellington the treasure was wedged between some smelly socks and old underpants. This did not deter Cat brother Wellington.
Harry and Po watched Cat brother Wellington dart inside the wicker washing basket.
A few seconds later their blonde human owner staggered into the kitchen and went straight to load the dirty washing basket into the machine.
“Keep walking, don’t turn back,” instructed Harry, as the two chums made a fast escape out of the kitchen.
Was this the end of Cat brother Wellington? Did his blonde owner load him into the washing machine? Find out next week.
What has been happening in my writing life?
Last week was all about minor characters.
I created a new minor character called Andy for my current project. The main character Tim needed a comedy friend like Andy and I needed to smile as my father was going into hospital to have an operation.
This minor character has made me laugh with his witty banter, his permanently sweaty state and his skin-tight, shiny grey suit with limited movement. There’s something lovable about this door to door double glazing salesman and his shiny, sausage skin business suit.
It is fair to say I got distracted with Andy.
Then I got obsessed with someone else’s minor character. I finished the book that I was reading, Something to Hide by Deborah Moggagh and was left wishing one of her minor characters had been giving her own novel. I read the second half of the book desperately wanting to read more about Lorrie, who loses her family’s life savings due to an online scam and because she can’t face her husband comes up with an unusual idea to raise some money. I was hooked with Lorrie and on reading some of the reviews I don’t think I am the only one who wishes Lorrie’s story had been taken further.
I think we all need to watch out for attention seeking minor characters!
What creative tools have I been using?
My writing friend, Sacha Black, recommended this to me. It’s Leigh Bardugo’s magic journal.
I will let Leigh explain how it works.
I LOVE this and I think there should be more of these creative journals.
Every morning when Po wakes up early I get to fill in this and think about all things magical in my life.
This is the sort of creative prompt you get.
Can you imagine the fun to be had with putting one of these creative journals together?
One day I would like to produce one of these.
My daily prompts are making me feel magical in my pyjamas and they are encouraging my creative mind to come out and play.
As writers, we need to do things which keep our creative flame alight.
Have a great day!