Backstory, active voice, and the stream of consciousness. Foreshadowing. Write like a movie camera.
These are just some of the techniques I´ll be testing in January 2020. To have an idea for a novel is one thing. Another matter is to write that novel. Therefore, I have been studying a lot this fall and winter. Now it is almost time to practice what I´ve learned.
I´ve dedicated January 2020 to practice. To write short stories about the ideas I´ve gathered for my novel. It´s only a few pages yet, but I´ll raise the stakes along with the planning of the novel in February 2020.
Some research is yet to be completed. Now the devil is in the details. To achieve a certain kind of realism in my novel, I need professional advice, and I´m preparing relevant questions to ask when necessary.
Today, I´m testing the inner monologue, the stream of consciousness as I´m writing this blog post.
At the same time, it is the last blog post of the year 2019. It has been six great months as a new blogger. I know I probably make a lot of mistakes, but without them, there wouldn´t be something to learn from. And I´m grateful for my followers and readers.
It is a special journey to take part in, and it is a privilege to have the freedom of speech. I wish many more people were able to enjoy it too. But unfortunately, the world is as always a crazy place with disagreements, disputes, and wars between people.
My Christmas wish for world peace was not fulfilled. So I hope for this New Year that the world will try to reach that goal in 2020. Then there truly would be something to celebrate.
I celebrate six months as a blogger by sending a big thank you to the many bloggers I´ve been following and learned from. For inspiration, thorough knowledge, and love for writing.
I also send a silent thank you to my ancestors for the ability to write something worth reading. To play music with the words, to let my fingers dance across the keyboard, to feel like flying on the magic carpet when writing.
Sitting in my living room, I´m listening to epic orchestral music and contemplating this year. It has been an extremely speedy year. The seasons have passed so quickly that I hardly can follow along. I try to stay afloat with the mundane world outside my home, but it is getting more difficult.
I last saw it on Black Friday. The craziness in people around me, the stressful hour-long queues, and the amount of money being spend on plastic products. I asked myself, why is this so important that some people are willing to park their car in a big flowerbowl at the shopping mall?
No, I prefer a simple life without too many surprises in my everyday. I have heard and seen enough of how people are capable to behave. I prefer to know a few people whom I trust rather than having a large number of flatterers who are the first to leave you when the shit hits the fan, pardon my French.
And I know such special people. They are right beside me in whatever I do. They are close family and friends. It is not biological, it is a choice for life. We live in a happy rainbow family, and I´m proud of it. It makes my life complete, special, and worth living.
We do experience conflicts like everybody else. But we talk ourselves through them and help each other adapt to whatever challenge life may throw at us. So the worst conflicts I save for my novel, where they should be.
So, yes I have seen many things and heard even more in life, even though I´m only fifty years old. Today, there´s a lot more going on than in my childhood and youth. The world is an ever-changing place, and there is only one way, forward.
Nevertheless, I believe that mankind could easily behave much better if people only dared to try more than they do today. To be kind is not hard. To speak in a friendly tone to and with other people is not difficult. And to be polite towards other people is not in vain.
But it is getting rare these years that people treat each other with respect and care. It is as if everybody is hunting down the golden calf at any cost. And for what? Happiness cannot be bought or sold on cheap bottles to crazy high prices.
True happiness to me is to be fairly healthy, to be happy and content in the present moment, and to get the most out of everything. I don´t need yet another plastic item to fill my time with. So I prioritize my buyings, and I only buy when it is necessary and affordable on a strict budget.
And that practice I´ll be taking with me in the new year. To use what I already have before buying, that is my goal for 2020.
What to expect in January 2020
Due to my current novel project, I´ve decided to publish only one blog post per week in 2020. My publishing day will be Friday. During the week, I´ll be working with my novel in-depth, practicing daily witchcraft, and considering good content for this blog.
- Friday, January 3, 2020: The first ritual of the year, good luck to my novel
- Friday, January 10, 2020: Elements of the psychological thriller
- Friday, January 17, 2020: The art of letting go
- Friday, January 24, 2020: How to plan a novel in a month
- Friday, January 31, 2020: Working with a charm bag
What´s left for this year´s last blog post is to wish my readers and followers a Happy New Year. May 2020 be your year, where your dreams come true. As we will it, so mote it be. Blessed Be.