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An Unusual Plot

Happy Tuesday!

Remember last week when I shared the bare photos of the creek near my house? I had taken those photos on April 30th. The above picture is taken in the same spot as those others, and I took this one on May 17th. Voila! Magic.

So, I’ve been tossing around talking to my favorite bloggers about the novel I’m working on.

You see, I’m struggling with something in particular. It’s quite the unusual story line that doesn’t fit into any specific genre. It’s a “thinker” and has to do with societal issues. Completely fiction, but sort of a metaphor for the changes society goes through. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I like to go deep. Of course, I lighten things up here too, but this novel is all deep.

I’ve been wanting to get more – gulp – opinions on this. I’m in the flow of writing right now, so I’d like to get back to it. My husband says I need to write it, because I’ve had this plot in my head for more than a dozen years. I know he’s right, but I don’t feel like this would be appealing to any readers.

Thanks for being patient with this post. If I get up the courage, I may share more about the novel in the future for some opinions.

In the meantime, enjoy your Tuesday.




24 thoughts on “An Unusual Plot”

  1. I agree with your husband, Lori. Write it! Many novels blend genres. I can’t help thinking of a science fiction western story that Stephen King wrote.

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  2. Many with greater credentials than myself have chimed in with wise words and encouragement that I agree with – here’s my two cents as a reader:

    IMHO: if it is written with ‘good intent’ I will always venture way outside my comfort zone. If it is written for the sake of being ‘in your face’ or the sole purpose of trying to be ‘controversial’ then you’ve lost me as a reader.

    Enjoy the process of creating your novel, Lori!

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  3. Lori, this is obviously a story close to your heart and that has been with you for years – whatever its future it’s calling out to be written! Before garning opinions or feedback before much is down no paper, I’d write a large part of to start with – no book is ever going to please everyone. You have me most intrigued as it sounds very controversial and I really think there is a market for the unusual and thought-provoking! Best of luck. xx

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    1. Hi Annika. Yes, I fear some people might take it the wrong way. I may share a little more about it in a future post. I am definitely going to write it, but sometimes I feel like it’s useless. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.

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    1. Hi Lynette. I mentioned to Anneli that it goes a bit beyond deep and perhaps into the controversial. But, I’m going to push on. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.


    1. Hi Carrie. I thought of you with this situation, because my subject matter is controversial. I remember you being concerned about Eating Bull, which turned out great, btw. Thank you for the support.

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      1. Controversial subject matter often makes for interesting reading. We just have to prepare ourselves for the reaction to it. 😁 And thank you for the kind words about “Eating Bull”!

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    1. Hi Anneli. Well, I think it goes a little beyond deep and into controversial. In fact, I worry that several of my blog followers might find the subject matter hits a little too close to home. I was thinking about emailing you to discuss. Maybe when I get further into the novel. I’m only one third of the way finished. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

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    1. Hi Jill. I worry that it might be controversial. It touches a lot on faith and a little on politics. I worry it might offend people of faith, but it’s not meant to be that way. It’s complicated to explain and write. I may share more about it at a later date. I do feel inspired to write it though, I’m just disappointed that the subject matter is something that people may not like.

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

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  4. I have worried in the past about my novel and whether it fits a specific genre but I’ve decided to carry on regardless. I agree with your husband that you should just write it and not worry about who your audience will be, or whether anyone will read it. To be honest, there will always be someone out there who will enjoy the subject matter.

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    1. Hi E R. Thank you for sharing your worries and for your encouragement. I also worry that some of the subject matter might be offensive to some people. It’s not meant to be, but some might take it that way. Still, onward I go. Thanks, again.

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      1. I think there are probably always going to be people who are ready to take offence at deep and meaningful material. The thing to ask yourself is: why is this topic important to you? and, why are you raising the questions? If you feel your reasons are right, then don’t feel uncomfortable. You will never please everyone. 🙂

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        1. Thank you so much for this encouragement, E R. I really like this reasoning you’ve shared that I didn’t really think about before. I will read this comment every time I worry about writing it.

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