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Final Word Count: October 4, 2011- Less than 1,000 (I’m guessing 2 pages?); Still not back into the journalling I’m ‘fraid

What fun would this be if the route wasn’t filled with challenges and potholes as I forge my way ahead? I think one of the beauties of writing is that you can have no idea what you’re doing and still end up with something pretty fantastic. Am I ever glad I picked literature over incendiary or explosive devices. All the same, it’s going to be a tough month so I have to put on my big girl panties and get this done. Of all the months that might not work out, October CAN NOT be one of them.

The horror genre is nowhere new to me (I wrote my first horror story in grade 7 and it was pretty psychologically terrifying- I think my teacher was concerned since it involved 10 little demonic teddy bears who killed my protagonist’s father) but the beginning just won’t write itself! There’s nothing right now that differentiates it from anything else I’m planning to write over the course of the year. I never thought about the beginnings of stories until now. Are they generally fairly generic or do most start off with something that will indicate the genre?

I’ll admit, I’m a cover shopper. If there’s a half naked man on the cover, I can be pretty confident that I’m in for a titillating story (sorry, couldn’t resist that) and anything with a shadowy outline, bats or other scary pictures, well, that’s pretty self-explanatory. So between the cover and the back cover blurb, is it really even necessary to immediately pigeon hole your story? I don’t think so but then again, the Western was obviously a Western by page 5. Maybe the horror genre is much broader than the Western was. Or perhaps I just didn’t think to start with a close up of a dead character.

I’m sitting inside a coffee shop enjoying a blustery Fall day thinking about my story. I got a bit of work done last night but I can’t move it along fast enough for the characters to start dying and the crazed maniac to make his appearance. I absolutely love days like today where I can feel like the romanticized concept of being a writer. Perhaps I’ve watched too many episodes of “Murder, She Wrote” and been influenced by the tortured characters found in “The Secret Window” and “The Shining” (although Jack Torrence was snowed in…). Whatever the reason, I find it difficult to write and feel truly creative and inspired when it’s a balmy 80 degrees and sunny out. I need my pot of tea, comfy, ratty old sweaters, slippers and sweatpants to feel like a proper author.

Since I have the house to myself for the next week, I’m hoping to get a ton of work done and make some serious head way in the story. I think by next Wednesday night I’m going to aim to have the first half of the story line finished (expect lots of bodies and truly gruesome discoveries) and ready to start the next half before the 15th. I’m definitely a lover, not a fighter but I can’t wait to get into the awful mess that’s stalking, murder and other various diabolical deeds. After all, it’s coming up to Halloween and I’m only doing one horror story so of course that means I have to do it right. It would be a travesty to half-ass this month’s selection. It would be like writing the romance and closing the door after the characters. Where’s the fun in reading if you’re not getting ALL the details?

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