Walk the Talk

In the last postCooking the books I gave a list of ideas/games for writing practice. I hope you were able to try them out.
Or at least some.
One?

Anyway, I thought I’d better show that I practice (!) what I preach.
I have a wonderful friend who indulges me my writing quirks and he gave me a list of three items. (Thanks MJ). The three items are included in the ‘story’ and the story is just over 3,000 words.

You might want to pour a cuppa first.

Keep in mind that this was never suppose to be published, it’s just a practice ‘story’, one of many I have in my files. It beats a blank page any day.

Just for this practice run I watched car racing, both Formula 1 and the V8’s, got hooked on ‘Top Gear’ (the price you pay for your passions), and took a little from real life when I used to work in the Taxi Industry and we had a workshop out the back. I also researched the elemental compounds of crystal. All for a short 3,000-ish word story that wasn’t supposed to be published.

Time in practice is never wasted. Okay, so it may not go towards ‘The Story’, at least not in plot or character development, but the foundations you learn, writing practice runs like this, builds your arsenal towards writing ‘The Story. Just as a player of a sport spends time in training, developing muscles and techniques, which he then uses to play ‘The Game’ – the ‘muscles’ and techniques you develop here will be used when you write ‘The Story’.

Oh, and don’t forget to have some fun while you’re at it.

Ready?

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Cooking The Books

cooking the books
Photo: Source Unknown.

Once, in another life – one that I have gladly escaped – I was a bookkeeper.
I had intended to go all the way to become a fully qualified accountant but when I started learning the loopholes of the tax law, I knew it wasn’t for me. It was during this time in my life that I became acquainted with the term “Cooking the books”.

I still ‘cook the books’ but it has nothing to do with tax law loopholes these days. It does, however, have an awful lot to do with words. One word at a time. Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs. Paragraphs become chapters. Chapters become stories. Stories become books. Hopefully.

Before I give you ingredient lists, tidbits and tastes, I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine.

This friend of mine bakes. She’s a mighty fine baker too. She’s the Cupcake Queen in our area. Whenever she’s stressed or emotional, bummed or ecstatic…she bakes.

She tells me that she likes baking because there’s a method. You add this amount of this to that, a dash of this and an egg or two. Follow the recipe and you’ve got yourself a cake.

Obviously she’s never baked in my kitchen.Read More »