We started a new exercise at the Woodridge and Naperville Public Library write-ins that some have found fun and helpful. I call it Feed the Creative Fire. The way it works is that participants jot down on a "fireball" (which I've shaped as a strip of red paper stapled onto a crumpled ball of newspaper) a one sentence description of something you are hoping to write; e.g., a milestone or incident or event in your story. When you finish writing that event in your novel, you can say "Huzzah!" and throw your fireball (which, if you craft it right, spins neatly like a helicopter seed).
It occurred to me that this could be useful to do even virtually in the forums. Post in this thread the milestone you want to reach (e.g., for me it is: Thea reveals to Chase that she is his sister). Then, when you reach your milestone, post your "Huzzah!" and perhaps a snippet including the milestone you reached!
You can then bask in the virtual applause of your fellow wrimos.
Well, I can kick this off. The milestone I was trying to reach, which I finally wrote last night, was to have Marlene tell Jackson that she had Gemma had dated in the past, trying to convince him that Gemma was a lesbian and could never be interested in him.
My next milestone is that Jackson has a fantastically horrible cooking mishap.
Thea has finally revealed to Chase she is his sister... but the way it happened surprised me. I had assumed she knew and had previously been lying about her identity; instead, she only suspects that Chase is her brother. And Chase doesn't believe her.
Next up: the ill-fated adventure where M'ray (the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rat, who treat Chase like an adopted son) goes off with Thea and Chase; and something Thea does winds up getting M'ray killed...