Another month (and season) gone already? It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the group. I've not been a member since the beginning, but I've been reading some of the posts and benefitting from support since the early days. If you want to join, then just click the link.
So, my current insecurity? Well, I've been working on a novel (shhh, don't tell my husband). That could be cause for concern on its own of course, but my particular issue was that I couldn't see some of the characters. There's a horse and three dogs who will be fairly important to the story. The horse at least has a name, but the dogs were just 'dog'. It might not seem a big thing, but picture this scene ...
Greg (my main character) drives into a farmyard. He's feeling nervous because he's hoping the farmer (whom he's not yet met) can help him with something important. Greg gets out his car, calls 'hello' and immediately three West Highland terriers rush up to him. They wag their tails and seem eager to slobber on his hands.
Now, rewind to Greg standing by his car and calling. Before his voice has died away, three Rotttweilers have him pinned against the vehicle. Their hackles are raised and they look set to sink their teeth into any body parts they can reach.
It's a different story, isn't it?
I've decided to go with daschunds - and there will be a scene where they have him surrounded and unwilling to move away from his car, but not because he thinks he might get hurt. Phew, glad that's sorted. Now I just need to sort out the horse, oh and all the people. And the plot. And write it.
My novel, provisionally called Poppyfield Farm, will include a crime so it might just be eligible for this competition. Unfortunately I'm not, which is a shame because it looks a good one.