Monday, October 24, 2011

The Girl

Alison got into the shower late. Mom was shopping, Dad was watching the younger kids. Ali heard the screaming, but she put it all down to Dad's roughhousing--until she stepped out of the bathroom and got the shock of her young life.

A year later, Ali and her mom are starting over--again. She hasn't yet recovered from the dark turn her life has taken, and doesn't know if she ever will. Then there's that pesky little detail--she's seen the face of a murderer and doesn't know if he will let her live long enough to graduate high school.

Honestly, all I did was take a shower today and this story hit me. What would this do to a young girl? How would she pull out of it? What are the immediate after-effects? By the time I get to bed tonight, I'll have a rough draft of the details all ironed out.

As if I don't have enough to do, writing-wise. Lately, my strong suit has been ideas. I've been getting them in spades--some good, others not so much--but they don't stop coming. I take notes and put them aside. If the story seems strong enough, I'll pick it up at a later date. There are some details that might change, but that standard life-or-death struggle is something that readers never seem to tire of.

What is your writing strength? Are you a plotter? A pantser? Do you love the idea stage, or the rough draft stage, but hate editing? Or are you one of those amazing people who loves the editing stage? Come on, don't be shy. :) Share!


Renae W. Mackley said...

Honestly, Cheri, how do you 'iron out the details' in one day? Maybe you're generalizing more than I imagine. But I have to say I love this beginning! Sounds like a winner. What's that movie with 'the shower' scene that made everyone fear that cubicle for months after? I could see you doing the same thing to us all over again.
I actually enjoy editing for a while, loving to see it polish shinier all the time. But after a while there are still things to catch and I get tired of reading the same thing again and again. I just post about this today. C'mon over. Great post.

Cheri Chesley said...

Oh, Renae, I'm definitely generalizing those details. :) Thanks! Wouldn't it be something to scare the pants (not literally of course) of the masses? lol