||Chapter seven has just ended with Sherry phoning Leo's house but not wanting to speak to him. She wants to speak to the housekeeper instead, only I don't know why.
It's so frustrating because I hadn't planned this at all and until Sherry tells me why she wants to talk to the housekeeper, I can't move the story along.
I've tried asking her nicely, I've tried threatening to force her into doing something entirely different if she doesn't let me in on the secret soon, and I've tried ignoring her. Nothing has worked. What's a woman to do?
Wait, I suppose.
In the meantime, let's talk about something else.
One of the Nantwich Writers' Group posted a message on the group blog yesterday informing the world (or those inhabitants who visit the site - probably very few as yet) of a competition that Woman & Home are arranging. There's a laptop and £2000 up for grabs so if you're a short story writer, it might be worthwhile having a look.
It's funny because although I love writing, I've never been much use at short stories. I just can't think up many stories that can be given a start, a middle, and an ending within a couple of thousand words. I love reading them and am always in awe of those who are good at it. I just wish I was better at it myself. Is there a key to writing short stories that I don't know about?
PS: I found a very interesting feature on The Telegraph's website today that authors of romantic fiction might want to take a look at.