Had a particularly good week with my novel.
Yesterday I wrote this scene:
When I arrived at Kim’s, I could hear the rumble of the foot-bath through the apartment door. I knocked once and then let myself in. The scent of nail polish remover greeted me.
Since Kim started working at the hospital, we’ve gotten into a routine of getting together every other Tuesday, her day off when she works the weekend, for mani-pedi’s. This week she’d apparently started without me. I passed through the foyer and into the living room.
There, in the papasan chair where I usually sit, her feet ensconced in a bubbling foot-bath, sat Ben.
And I don't know who was more surprised: Ellen, my protagonist, or me. Because it was never in my conscious mind for Ben (who is female, by the way -- Ben is short for "Benatar" -- her mother was a Pat Benatar fan) to be there. I was just typing along, and when Ellen turned the corner, there she was. I instantly realized it made perfect sense. The scene, which needed to include an important conversation between Ellen and Kim on the subject of having children via artificial insemination, would be greatly enriched by Ben's presence. (Odd numbers are good for characters in a scene. They automatically generate the potential for conflict.)
Even more important, I realized I've hit what I think of as the crockpot stage in writing a book, where the soup keeps simmering whether you're actively stirring it or not.
Now let's hope I didn't just jinx myself, bragging about how well things are going....
Last Week's Winner:
Last week, in response to my challenge to describe a character strictly by the contents of his pockets/her purse, we had 3 takers: Steven G, Dee and Mrs. Mullet, from Frogs in my Formula (a hilarious blog -- if you've never been, she's definitely worth a look-in).
Each of them left me wanting to know more about their character, which is exactly what a character description should do, so bravo!
Next Week's Prompt:
For next week, we're going to try a variation on a prompt Katrina Kittle, Dayton's own bestselling novelist, who's teaching the fiction class I'm currently attending, used this week.
Choose one of the following personas: A ballerina OR a surgeon. In that persona, describe a fight that broke out at a night club.
1) Must be 100 words or less.
2) Must be posted by Wednesday midnight Eastern time.