Enter: Marcus

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my 20 minute writing commitment post. I felt so inspired after reading all of your comments – and suddenly, it really did feel very much like “it’s only 20 minutes”.

So I took roughly 20 minutes today to work on Waverley; I am now 1200 more words into the story, and even better, a new character has made his way into the tale.

His name is Marcus, and as I’m writing without rereading what I’ve written, I just inserted him right in the scene I was writing – I’ll have to revise earlier chapters to get him in just right.

But the great news is, he fits. He was an off-page character earlier on in the novel, but I’ve been having this feeling that something was missing, and apparently, that something was Marcus.

The funny thing is, I know him so well – if any of my characters is my alter ego, it’s Marcus.

So now I have my threesome: Charlie, Nella and Marcus. They have come a long way since they were Thing 1 and Thing 2 in my mind. And while they still have a long way to go, at least now I feel like, yes, they will get there eventually.

At the pace of 20 minutes a day!


Is anyone signing up for Bloggiesta? It is being held on January 8, 9 and 10 of the new year, and I’m debating whether I’ll be able to sign up.

Unfortunately, it falls right on the final weekend of my current “I’ve got a TON of work” period. And we’ve been invited out for dinner on the 8th. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to commit to doing Bloggiesta properly or not.

On the other hand, I’m going to be installing a new template for MsBookish, and it would be lovely to be able to get that done during Bloggiesta.

So I’ll have to see how many of my deadlines I can finish ahead of time. I may be able to sign up after all!

How about you? Do you have plans to do Bloggiesta in the new year?

10 thoughts on “Enter: Marcus

  1. Jemi Fraser

    I love when new characters push their way in. You know they’re going to work because they’ve forced their way on stage – they must have been needed.

    I didn’t know much (okay, anything) about blogging until August, so I don’t know Bloggiesta is. I’ll have to check out the link!
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..What a Voice! =-.

  2. Cat Woods

    Feeling the love for Marcus. Isn’t it fun when new characters insert themselves into your manuscript. That’s how half of mine show up. Just inadvertantly being in a place to hold a conversation with my MC at the opportune time.

    Like usual, you taught me something new today. I’ve never heard of bloggiesta, though after checking out the linked post, I’ll definitely give it the unofficial try. The ideas on the post are great as reminders for keeping a clean blog. Thanks for the tip.
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..My Holiday Gift to You =-.

  3. Dorte H

    Bloggiesta might have tempted me if it had not been held four days after school start. At that time of the year I will be busy planning and preparing new themes and such for my classes.

    I am glad you felt inspired after your 20 minute post. So did I, and today I have done really well. I have written three fourth of my promised Christmas story (about time, isn´t it?), and the draft of a flash fiction story (one I like myself which is the first step to conquer).
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..R.D. Wingfield, Frost at Christmas (1986) =-.

  4. Rebecca

    I am so glad that you have found what’s been missing, Belle! That is exciting. I doubt I will do Bloggiesta as my time off is next week and that is probably when I will do any blog housekeeping duties. But I do look forward to what template you have in mind for this blog.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Friday Fill-Ins #155 =-.


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