Plotting at a Party

Last year was a rough year overall, and, as a result, while I worked  on four books, I only 54f6a620-f2d8-4bdc-ad37-a97aa1a18800finished and privately published one (intended for a specific person as opposed to a general readership.)

and, so, I’ve started this year with three partially finished books, and the urge to make things happen.

The book on renaissance faires is currently out to the beta readers, and while I’m waiting for feedback, I’ve got time to think about the next book The Swans of War , which is a sequel to my first urban fantasy, The Lands That Lie Between.  Currently, this is about a half to two thirds of a story with some sub plots to beef up, a weak ending that needs more action and a bunch of Germanic dialect, written phonetically, which needs a major rewrite. It’s got good bones though, and I’m liking a lot of what I’ve got written so far, although there are miles to go yet.

Went to a party this weekend past and met up with  a friend (hi Carol!) who knows about my writing and supports it. Had book two on my mind, and so, when she said “What’s up?”, I told her.

And that’s where the fun started.

My friend sat down with me and helped me brainstorm different options for the various plot holes that were catching me in the mire. She rolled beautifully with it when I brought in other story elements that meant one idea wouldn’t work, immediately leaping to another idea that folded in the new plot point. She got all giddy and happy about  different parts of the story, and pulled my energy into hyper drive as well.

And, at the end of the evening, I went home with a lot of ideas, a lot of new directions to take this and a lot of new energy and enthusiasm for telling this story.

Wow. Everybody should have a brainstorming friend like Carol. If you don’t have someone to bounce your stories off, you should look for one


Off to write some more.

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the  Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here





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