It was the first meeting of the new year of my writing group – not the family history writing group but the just writing writing group! In December I had suggested writing a Christmas story maybe using the following ideas:
Write something about a puzzle, mystery, quiz or contest… something which poses questions, and maybe supplies an answer! For example, there are books called:
The Istanbul Puzzle, The Jerusalem Puzzle, The Manhattan Puzzle, The Nuremberg Puzzle and The Cairo Puzzle – by Laurence O’Brien
The Mysterious Affair at Styles – by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of Edwin Drood/The Yellow Room/of the Blue Train/ Craven Manor – by Charles Dickens/Gaston Leroux/Agatha Christie/Joy Wodhams
As usual people were free to choose what they wanted and ignore my suggestions too! So what did we have today?
- A Dad’s eye view of Christmas Day with his three young children; a clever, amusing and well observed view of a family enjoying the exciting day
- a poem about taking down the Christmas decorations and reflecting on what joy the season had brought, some amusing thoughts, some wistful, some relieved it was all over!
- the opening chapters of a novel, the families of the prospective bride and groom are getting to know each other at a social event before a wedding, but the past has a way of catching up with the present when least expected and the least welcome
- a poem perfectly encapsulating a snowy, frosty winter’s dawn out in the country with only birds and animals in evidence
- an introduction and first chapter of a novel which hopes to explore a miscarriage of justice which starts with a young and very successful doctor and his wife going out for a pleasant evening in the West End of London
I shared the story I had shared here a few days ago about a coupe walking along a cliff top path; my suggestion for next time is to think about what happens next! Not necessarily in my story but in another piece of writing, which maybe starts after an incident, as opposed to finishing with an exciting event!
Here is a link to my short story: