What am I writing?

This is a writing blog, so I should probably talk about what I’m writing. Back in late October of 2015 around two months after my mother passed, I started writing a story. I wrote it for a challenge in the community I was in. It was the first time a story grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Where I felt it controlled me more than I controlled it. Around seventy-thousand words flowed out, flowed might be an overstatement. But it wasn’t hard to write what I then thought was a ridiculous amount of words.

I’ve always been proud of that’s story but I also always felt it was unpolished and unfinished. That if I put it in a different context than the “rules” of the challenge I wrote it for, it could be something else. Something more.

So I’ve started rewriting it.

For now, I don’t have a title, let’s call it “Kodiak.”

The basic plot for the story is simple. My main character, Oliver lives what looks like a very successful thirty-something life in Dallas. But he’s unhappy and overworked. Exhausted. So, on a whim, he decides to move to Kodiak, Alaska. As you do.

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Once there he meets Zac, who despite his cocky confidence has his own baggage.

In Kodiak, Oliver get’s a dog and a cabin and meets some more people. Together Oliver and Zac are put on a journey of rediscovering who they are. And then stuff happens.

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It’s a basic plot, I like basic. I’m a lot more character driven than I’m story driven. That’s why I prefer tv-shows over movies. I like diving deep into people. If you have a long, complicated plot, that will take up most of the space and attention. If you have a simple plot, you have room for character development. You have space to experience and examine them and turn them into people. That’s what I love to do. I love writing stories that at first look seems simplistic and cliché, but then you peel. Taking off layer after layer and that simple, cliché character you started out with ends up being a person.

That’s what I’m hoping to do with “Kodiak.” I want to find the people behind the characters.

I’m about halfway through my first draft of this rewrite. I’m not sure what to do with it once it’s finished. That’s a decision for another day. For now, a good start might be to work up the courage to tell people this place exists.

Yeah, I’ll have to work on that.

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13 thoughts on “What am I writing?

    1. Thank you!

      I’m trying to be. BTW I haven’t thanked you for your help with my other story. I’ve been busy with building this place and Kodiak but I want you to know how much I appreciate your help and input, thank you.

      Ms. F

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  1. I truly enjoyef the first iteration of this story, woo woos and all! Can’t wait to see it done differently, and read more of your work. BTW, where is chapter 17 of the original work? – Joan

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    1. Hi, welcome!

      There is no chapter 17, I planned to post the timestamp as chapter 17 then changed my mind and posted it as a separate work. I forgot to delete the “draft.” Hence chapter 17.

      Ms. F

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  2. I’m so excited to see how the rewrite turns out. As I told you elsewhere, it’s one of my favorite stories. I read all the others you posted on AO3; are there others I should look for?

    I find your stories and characters so charming. I’m glad you’ve chosen to keep writing. Good luck!

    (I also need to figure out if I can be automatically pinged when you post something new, or if I need to come here every time. I’m not very smart about stuff like that. Don’t judge me; I am old.)

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    1. I’m afraid you’ve gone through all the stories I’ve written. There’s some really old work at my “private” LiveJournal, but that’s in another fandom and not terribly good.

      No judge! If you click on the link up top that says “home” and then scroll down you’ll see a blue button taht says “Follow” click on that and you’ll get e-mail notifications when i post something new.

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