If your book is nonfiction, what could you do to turn it into a story?
My first reaction to this prompt, is no way, I don’t do fiction, might have to break my vow about following the prompts each day!
Why do we find it so hard to step out of our comfort zone?
I don’t need to write the book, just rearrange how it is presented, in theory!
So after a lovely ‘girls’ lunch and a couple of wines, I thought what the heck, let’s give this a go and see what happens….
My book Kids R Kelver – How To Help Your Kids Shine! is all about squashing limiting beliefs, living a healthy life and acheiving your dreams, not about ‘I can’t do it’…so here goes…
“Charlie is a tomboy, living on a cattle station, in a remote part of Western Queensland. There is no internet, not even a phone, just a two way radio for contact with the big wide world. Life on the land in Australia is tough, as they battle drought or flood, very rarely getting a nice combination of both. Grocery shopping only happens once a month as it is an 8 hour round trip to the ‘local’ supermarket. If you forget to buy sugar you go without for the next four weeks. Mail is airdropped once a week. Schooling is done via two way radio. All the family work hard looking after 1000’s of head of cattle, trying to keep them alive so they get to market so the bank does not foreclose on the property that has been in the family for over 80 years, but every month the risk is there and it is a stuggle to stay afloat.
Modern technology is creeping out into the county, and internet access arrives, like a gift from the gods. Charlie starts to get a glimpse of what is out there. She has never even seen the ocean, or snow, or a department store, or traffic lights, or ever owned a dress.
Tired of food in cans, she sees so much beautiful fresh produce available for city folk, she manages to get her dad to order in some seed packets, and she goes about building a vegetable patch in the rough barren land that is her backyard. Nuturing it daily with love and water before long the rewards for her toil are beautiful fresh vegetables for the family to adore.
She discovers on-line books, has full access to School of The Air, falls in love with ‘Google’ and realises that she can learn any skill, be anything, and go anywhere. Her brothers will stay on the farm and carry on the tradition, but she will NOT. There is a big wide world waiting for her to embrace…..and nothing is going to stop her……..
Well that was fun, just glad I didn’t have to write the whole book, think it’s time for another glass of wine instead!