I'm writing a story raw on here, to see what happens (to my Medium account, to my story, and, I suppose, to my writing). It's really two stories intertwined, one set in a refugee camp and events surrounding that as a central pivot, and the other pivoting around a setting in Scotland (but likely to reach to Ireland and Canada and probably Alaska as the plot thickens). I've set the stakes quite low, in a sense - the protagonist is obviously a mess, alcohol fueled, taking dangerous sexual liberties - but in another sense, they're quite high - the protagonist has killed someone and left the scene. There are other deaths in the camp which intertwine with the killing (accidental, as it happens) but those, too, raise the stakes. A refugee camp is a dangerous place. Who else is in danger? Given the involvement of the international community in the form of the aid industry, who, if anyone, will be held accountable? I'd love to know how to plot, but I'm also quite content to keep writing scenes like this and see how they weave together. Have you ever tried an approach like this? Has anyone who succeeded (I don't know if Charles Dickens had the story laid out in his head but I do know he very famously wrote his novels in serial form. I don't for a moment expect that the novel I produce by this process (for which I have a plan, but only a rough plan, laid out in single sentences and not always strictly adhered to) will resemble in any but the most general sense the final version. No doubt some bits will just not make the grade. But I'll keep writing like this for the reasons given above and because it's fun. Let me know what you think if you like! Thank you.

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Ecological philosopher, writer, yoga and meditation facilitator. www.knowyogaireland.com

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Lucy Weir

Lucy Weir

Ecological philosopher, writer, yoga and meditation facilitator. www.knowyogaireland.com