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Tuesday 19th March

This week has been a hard slog on my WIP. Some sub plots wound up, including the one I found most difficult, that is: my main character who is dachshund obsessed, was desperate to have a puppy. This had been the case throughout the first draft, but it was left a bit in the air at the end of the novel so I have created a good reason—and a few scenes to illustrate this good reason—why a decision would be made by his parents. Since this was cognitively satisfactory, but not emotionally satisfactory, I then decided on a sideways move which would be both rational, possible and pull at the heartstrings.

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Tuesday 12th March

Nothing as exciting as Furious Fiction this week—just steady work on my WIP. Amongst other things, I discovered that one of my main sub-plots had trailed off without a satisfactory resolution. Working on that sub-plot and weaving it in the right places has meant a lot of serious re-writing. Meanwhile, most of the time the Covid elephant mutters quietly. Sometimes his burble of his moans become a bearable working background, like a constant babbling brook, at other times it is hard to ignore his snide asides.

And—writing related—my book club would have met tomorrow. We would have been discussing the Odyssey. I would have been the person presenting this. I have spent much time trying to write coherently but not academically, in order to email a light-hearted piece to fellow book lovers.

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Tuesday 5th May 2020

This week my elephant has mostly slept quietly in the corner, not disturbing me too much, but constantly reminding me he is there. I cannot reach things I need because he is in the way, or if I try, I fall over him. He even sent his shadow as I attempted my one distraction from my Work in Progress—and that was Furious Fiction—a competition run by the Australian Writers Centre over the first weekend of every month. I knew that a few other friends were also taking part, so it felt as if we were still connected by that common thread, while spending the weekend furiously writing. It was interesting to see how varied our approaches were. I looked at the parameters and dashed off what I thought was a brilliant first paragraph then realised that it posed many questions, which included one huge one – it felt like the elephant in the story. I could go no further forward till I’d answered them. I phoned a writing friend and tried to brainstorm but nothing seemed right. It wasn’t the usual, “Who is my main character?” , but rather, “Why is my secondary character in the dilemma he is in?” Against everything I have ever been taught about writing, I decided to continue and see if the answer would emerge as I wrote. Incredibly it did—in the very last two sentences.

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