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'Exquisite pilgrims on a quest for eternal secrets'

A writer makes notes to jump-start the plot

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[September 19, 2009]  Dud was in a quandary. It was all about Randy Jones and Katie Burchell. There was something so ... exquisite about them finding each other and walking around town holdings hands. Exquisite, that was the word.

Dud Campbell pulled the tiny notebook out of his back pocket and wrote down: "Randy and Katie, exquisite."

He'd read this story about writing where it said you should keep a notebook and jot down an idea when it hit you. That way, you won't have to wonder, "What was that word I had that described Randy and Katie walking around town holding hands?" And, the story said, you don't worry about a plot, but you just keep making notes. Make notes, and when you fill one book, put it in a drawer and start on another. Before you know it, a plot will come along, and you'll be ready to write it.

Dud loved reading these stories, because he knew if he just followed their suggestions, his murder mystery about the duchess and the truck driver would eventually take care of itself. If he just had some insight on what happened between Randy and Katie, he'd be able to do a flashback thingie to let his readers know how a duchess and a truck driver found happiness in each other's arms.

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On the surface, a truck driver and a duchess don't seem to have a lot in common, but he'd been working on that, too. He had several ideas jotted down in the notebook: books they enjoyed reading, watching old movies on television, polka dancing. He wasn't sure that duchesses liked polka dancing, but he was pretty sure truck drivers didn't like waltzes, and that's all you saw duchesses doing.

Dud had some time, so he followed the young couple from a block away, hoping his keen senses would discern the hidden secret to this relationship. He saw them smile on small children and butterflies, their smiles beaming a benediction and blessing on all they met, as though they were pilgrims on a quest for eternal secrets.

Hey, that was pretty good. He whipped out the notebook again and leaned against a mailbox to write it down.

[Text from file received from Slim Randles]

Brought to you by "Sun Dog Days," by Slim Randles, now available at www.unmpress.com.

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