Well I didn’t realise until a moment ago that it’s 8pm and I’ve not had a minute to think about blogging today…until now 🙂
Why? Because today I have been reorganising my home office to help increase my overall efficiency when working on client projects, as well as my own. The end of the year always ends up a bit hectic and since I had already taken the time off, I felt that adding to my plans a little bit of decluttering, would do both my space and my mind well.
Here is the almost finished result, thanks to my ever-patient friend Georgia who is a natural organiser!
Good news though! While I was setting up my Scrivener files to start the writing process, I refined the synopsis for my novel. I’m going to take a risk here but hey, just committing to do the NaNoWriMo challenge is a risk in and of itself, so what have I got to lose? I’m going to share my synopsis with you. It’s already up on my author profile on the NaNo2015 site, so it’s a no brainer actually.
Reconciled will throw Hannah into a world she had no idea existed; a place where she will be forced to confront her family’s past, present and future.
From a collection of journals, old photos and a box full of messages left by Aunty Mak, the story of Hanna’s mother’s family unfolds and she discovers the reasons behind the disconnect that has plagued her mother’s life.
These revelations force Hannah to chose a path she didn’t anticipate following, or risk seeing the same generational problems continue. But she’s not sure she’s the one to bring light to the past, until she meets the precocious yet disarmingly engaging Thomas Garfield who encourages her to think beyond her own needs and see the potential in her broken family.
Is Hannah really strong enough to reveal the secrets of her Aunty Mak’s past? What will these revelations bring and how will her mother respond when she finds out the real reasons for her sister’s disappearance?
Reconciled is a story about forgiveness, reconciliation and mercy; about revelation, connection and spiritual awakening. Will Hannah chose to let her family’s past dictate her future or will she find the strength inside to awaken to her own truth?
So, there you have it. Now, given that I have 30 days to write 50,000 words, I expect that the storyline may ebb and flow somewhat but I think having a clear idea of where the story will at least go is important. This is pretty much all the prep I have done other than a few dot points to work out the primary points of conflict in the story – I am therefore in the hands of the future as I write each scene with very little else to go on.
Well, I do tell a little lie. Last night, I lay in bed and could imagine the very first scene. It was incredible how my imagination seems to have woken up from it’s own deep slumber as I could ‘walk’ around the space, see the furniture, the colours and the other characters in the room. I could see Hanna’s face, feel her emotions and hear her inner dialogue.
Is this normal? Like I’ve said before, this is my inaugural novel. The furthest I’ve ever gone with fiction is short pieces in high school and some kinda weird poetic prose that I just write when the mood hits. I now have a whole family with names and a rough idea of their personalities, all in my head right now, but they’r there. It’s like they’re coming in from the unknown spaces of my mind and I feel alive and invigorated.
They’d better hang around so I can write what it is that they intend to share!
So, what have I learned today?
When we take the time to let our imagination free, we may unleash a beast untamed, but in doing so, may also release our cluttered minds so that they can find the strength, the resilience and the fortitude to tame those beasts.
If you’re on the NaNoWriMo journey, let me know how you’re going. I’d love to support your efforts 🙂
May you have the most beautiful beginning to November 2015. I pray it is a month of deep satisfaction for you and one that is worth remembering in days to come.
Miriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.
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