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Your soul’s language

In my post about my ROW80 Goals, I said that I would try to write in both: my native language German, and my second language English.

That sparked a few comments about others wanting to write in another language as well or to be able to switch.

To me, switching back and forth between the two languages is something I have done most of my life. Obviously, having grown up and attended school in Germany, I learned German first. But I’ve always been interested in English, since I found out my godfather had moved to the States and was back for a visit. I was told he had to speak a different language where he lives and I demanded to know how I could say “How do you do” and “What time is it” and little things like that in order to speak to him as I truly believed he wouldn’t be able to understand me otherwise. I was five. And my godfather was duly impressed by my effort (even though he is German and understood me just fine).

Then at primary school I had an English classmate. She became one of my best friends, and every time I went to her house after school, her mum made us count to 100 in English before we were allowed to have lunch. I loved it, and asked to count by myself to see whether I got it right. I used to practice at home the night before I’d go to Susan’s after class, just to be prepared. Then I came across an after-school English class and joined. When it came to choosing a secondary school, I enrolled at Gymnasium Schwertstrasse,  the one grammar school in town that had just established a bilingual, “Anglo-German” unit. I was in one of the two first ever bilingual years, and stayed until I graduated nine years later.

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ROW80 Wednesday Update #1

Well, A Round of Words in 80 Days started on Monday, and today is the first check-in to see how I’m doing on my ROW80 Goals.

So how am I getting along? Rather well.

I have written two short stories of about 500 words each, one is in English and one in German. I will share them once I’ve typed them up, as I’ve written them by hand.

As for the blogging goals, It’s only been two days. I’ll be able to tell on Monday whether I stuck to my weekly target or not.

I’m still looking around for writing prompts and I’m just putting together a plotting kit with character and setting sheets.

I found some lovely templates, made by asmallbirdorganizes, on Etsy, and I will write about them in more detail in another post.

Until now I’ve written down what was on my mind, but I think this exercise might help me develop a story idea that I could potentially take past the short story stage and into the realms of novellas and novels.

 

Writing Sample from The Bravery of the Soldier

This is a writing sample taken from my NaNoWriMo 2013 project The Bravery of the Soldier. It’s a scene from Chapter Two, entitled “The Mysterious Video”.

The scene deals with war-related violence and injuries.

I’d appreciate your feedback!

 

The story so far:

A news story broke about a cover up in Afghanistan. In 2009, a British unit was held hostage, but due to the government’s stance on negotiations with terrorists, the ransom demands were not met. Another unit, which also included a doctor, was sent in to retrieve the hostages, but they were overpowered and also taken away.

When one of the Captains was killed (for not meeting the ransom demands), the team managed to smuggle a S.O.S. note out. After this proof of life was received with vital info regarding the way they were overpowered, a tactical team is sent in. This team carries Audio/Visual equipment.

The media had got hold of a still from the AV equipment and ran the article, telling the story of a Captain who ensured that all his colleagues got out alive, but also accusing the British government of abandoning troops in need.

This scene takes place during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence, during which the Audio/Visual evidence is examined to determine the next course of action with regards to the news story.

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A Round of Words in 80 Days – My Goals

While this is technically the 4th Round of A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) this year, it is my very first time participating.

I therefore might not have given this as much thought as others surely have, but I’m pretty spontaneous once I’ve switched on my mind’s “Creative” setting, so here goes, I suppose.

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My NaNoWriMo experience

It was about this time last year, when I first heard of NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the month in question is November. The idea behind it is simple: Write (or try to write) 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel within the 30 days of November.

You read that right. 30 days, 50k words, 1 book.

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