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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG - In the Search of Pixie Dust

It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken.

I still haven't caught up with life thanks to a very busy March, and it doesn't appear that things will slow down soon...especially with Spring now here on the farm.

And that's why my search for the magical jar of pixie dust has been on high swing.

Where is it? This is a question I've been asking for years. And it fits so well with this month's question...

Is that magical fate?

If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? 

This is a no-brainer for me. The first chapter. Always and definitely.

For some reason, it's those first words and that beginning scene which have me rewriting and rewriting and rewriting dozens and dozens of times. Perhaps even hundreds. I want to grab the reader right away and have them caring about the characters and diving into the world from the very first page. But which words are perfect? Which moment will draw the reader in? How should the characters make their first appearance? I have no problem writing the first draft of that very first chapter when my plot bunnies start hopping around (They tend to get overly excited). But I always come back and rework it. Over and over again.

And again.

And again.

See why I need to find that pixie dust?

Plus, pixie dust is great to sprinkle on the house for renovations and housework and gardening and...

So, my search goes on!

What about you? Which part of writing would you use your wish for? Or are you looking for that jar of pixie dust too?