July is Camp Nanowrimo month and I am at my cottage in the woods. This would seem to be an ideal setting for concentration, especially on a day like today which is cool and rainy so I am less tempted by distractions like canoeing or swimming in the lake. The fact that I am still struggling to concentrate is due to lack of discipline and possibly lack of confidence in the plot I have so far. I seem to be spending more time thinking about the whys of my plot than just moving ahead with the action. I need to remember that the first draft is the vision quest, not the final polished version. I need to give myself permission to fail or at least be less than perfect. I’m looking forward to the arrival of my daughter and writing partner. Two heads ARE better than one! Besides, she is a great cheerleader and always remembers to “fluff my aura”. The delightfully distracting grandchildren have been signed up for two full day camp experiences so we can concentrate on plodding (or plotting) ahead.
Two of our favorite places. Surprise, surprise. Our current book features a Nova Scotian amateur sleuth in Florida. This gives us an excuse (like we need one) to spend time in both places and call it research. We don’t plan to deduct the travel expenses from our taxes but we probably could. Maybe on the next book. Ideas are already percolating! In the meantime, here is a lovely photo of the seabound coast of Nova Scotia to whet your appetite.
Christine Miles and Kimberly Whiting are a mother and daughter writing team. Mom, Christine has a lot of experience writing for academic and professional journals. Kimberly has experience in legal writing and in public relations. We are currently working on a murder mystery set in Central Florida. This is our first foray into fiction and we intend to share our successes and challenges along the way.