I know that’s an acting term, but it also has to do with my decision to move away from NaNoWriMo. My novel was going in no apparent direction and having no apparent plot. So . . . time to exit.
With that being said, acting plays a role in a novel. One can view it as Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3; beginning, middle and end. So for me, I’ve taken a step in the direction, after leaving the stage, to begin it again.
That’s the nice thing about writing, you can do whatever you want, it’s your (or my) story, right?
So, as I made my exit from NaNoWriMo and turned it into something positive; it became a new beginning.
The story opens with Shelby remembering her encounter with snowball cookies; how putting a half a cup of salt instead of a half a teaspoon in them, is much like how people are. “Sometimes you can’t tell what’s on the inside unless you experience the outside . . . or something like that. Sometimes people are a big surprise, just like the cookie was. Sometimes the surprise is good and sometimes it’s bad. It’s just plain puzzling sometimes.”
Shelby is referring to the Mom that abandoned the family thirty years ago only to be found by her on a photo shoot.
You see, even though I’ve exited stage left, I’ve not abandoned it.
It’s time to get back to Shelby, so as I say…