Daily insights from #nanowrimo
It is the opening day of the firearm hunting season in Michigan
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Lowell, MI – Today marks the halfway point in the 50K work marathon of the National Novel Writing Month. I logged in with 31,435 words and a new story, “Secrets in Ink” (c) 2018 Emma Palova.
As Anton P. Chekhov said: “Always incubate a new idea.” I did that for years, while working as a reporter for both weekly and daily newspapers in West Michigan. I went into reporting with the intention of writing books.
I still like reporting being around live people rather than book characters. In the end, there is no difference between the two; any author can attest to that. You draw on inspiration from real life, unless you’re writing about Martians.
As I watch the explosion of new books based on the current White House happenings that beat any soap opera, I must say Mr. Chekhov was right along with another great author: You borrow from others.
There is no such thing as an original idea that hasn’t been worked before. It just depends how you work it around; what kind of a spin you give to a story.
I started the “Secrets in Ink” this morning after meditation. Once I have determined the framework, the story began to unfold itself with the two main characters: AJ and Luke.
However, I still miss my “Silk Nora” from the week-long writing sprint. I am looking forward to publishing the new anthology “Secrets” (c) 2018 Emma Palova with the bulk of the writing done during this creative project.
Excerpts from “Secrets in Ink”
On the cusp of the Internet, most newspapers had credibility, that would be lost later in the binary digit maze and social media of the new millennium. However, most newspapers jumped on the Internet bandwagon late, but earlier than doctor’s practices.
Whether corporate or hometown, they all had in one thing in common; they could be bribed by the advertisers. None of them really had a clean conscious mind.
Behind every 50-point bold headline lied a tragedy: small or big, but always newsworthy in line with the slogan:
“All the news that’s fit to print.”
But not all the news gathered was fit to print.
“Can you handle that story?” a publisher asked. “You’re not going to be biased, right?”
In the decadence of the late 1990s, scandals abounded: nationwide and hometown.
Each story had to pass the test: number one who will it upset the most?
The other motto followed by 100 percent of the newspaper industry continued into the current multimedia news streaming business.
“If it bleeds it leads.”
It may seem cynical at first look, by the time second look comes around, it has validated itself by another tragedy or massacre.
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