I was going to edit my novel today and skip blogging. I'll still be editing, but once I saw the writing prompt I thought it was important to post. My novel partially takes place in a smaller town, and while it is not MY small town, I still think they have parallels. The characters I used in my novel were not real people. Her family and people in the small town were not based on anybody I know, but the small town (Manow) itself was a few small towns mixed together. I guess it just seemed right to have a small town in my story. There are little pieces of me throughout the story without me knowing I was doing it.
Now to talk about my small town - not the one in the story.
I grew up in a town called Plenty. 'Plenty of what?' you may ask. I have heard that one. I guess it is actually considered a village. (The novel is set in a town). Plenty has a population of around 200 people.
|This picture was taken in 2009. Not a great picture of me, but I like the Plenty behind me.|
My family moved there when I was three years old. We had lived in North Battleford for my first three. My mom went to school in Plenty and grew up on a farm near Plenty, outside Kelfield. I lived in the same house from age 3-17 in town.
|Mom and I in my family home for Christmas a few years ago.|
|Some of the yard that same Christmas. Lots of snow that year.|
I guess I felt like an outsider in my town. I had friends, and I'm grateful for them, but I always imagined another life. (Possibly where the writing came from). I never had any romantic relationships in that town. Once again, I'm good with that now. I just kind of survived through high school. It wasn't a bad time, and it wasn't always a great time, but it is where I'm from. I never really felt like I belonged. I wrote a lot in Plenty. I wrote lots of short stories, I wrote in a journal, and for a bit I did work experience at a neighbour town's newspaper. (Biggar, Saskatchewan)
|This is another picture from 2009. I was walking around with Cameron and my dog (ex dog) Karmen. This is a road leading into Plenty.|
|And a picture taken outside of my home. Different trip. Same jacket.|
So that's my town. It has a store, a hotel with a bar (mostly just a bar I think), it has a museum and a coffee shop. It has a small campground now, an Art Gallery and a coffee shop.
Like I said, I used little things from the town in my novel, but not all of it.
That's it for now. Back to editing.
Just a reminder, these prompts are all coming from: http://erinisawriter.blogspot.ca/2014/03/march-writing-prompts.html
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