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30 days to 70k writing sister Agatha day 3

Updated: Jan 7

Day Three: late start, tired. Looking for inspiration so I am blasting the Welsh National Anthem “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”  (which is stunningly beautiful, btw).


Dear Friends,

Here's the thing—Sister Agatha thinks a lot. Too much, maybe.

For some reason, I have her engaging in extensive inner dialogue, and during these moments, I worry that the story might lose its grip. The readers might close the book or start flipping pages until something happens again.

But doesn't an Anglican nun/amateur detective have to think a lot?

I took a fantastic workshop with Hank Phillippi Ryan at Crime Bake, and it was all about constantly building tension in your story. I sat there listening to her and realized that my stories don't always build tension; sometimes, they deflate it. The issue seems to be the frequent pauses for thought. For example, Sister Agatha stops to jot things down in her Murder Journal, enjoy a cup of tea, savor a Welsh cake (or two), and stroll in the meadow. And what does she do this whole time? She thinks. But that's how a good detective solves a murder, right? Wrong. But I still need to figure it out.


I'd like to know how other authors manage it. How do they keep the plot moving using inner dialogue without boring the reader? It's a challenging balance.

Oh. How’s the writing going today? Pretty good. I'm perched on the edge of the pivotal scene, the scene right before the crime scene. Picture this: Sister Agatha, is comfy in the library, a solitary figure amidst a sea of books. She's sipping her tea, Welsh Brew, of course. And what is she doing while she drinks her tea? She’s thinking. See my problem?

Happy Reading and Joyful Writing,


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