NOTES: Here is part 8 of my book. It took a lot of research and conversations with my muse Calliope, to make all these choices for all these characters. This being a first draft, I definitely reserve the right to make any changes I want. I added all of the facts I’ve written here to my book bible, which should help me keep it all straight. I’m ready to continue with the story now I’ve made these decisions and recorded them.
Fia was a tiny bit annoyed that she had to speak first. She wasn’t prepared to start, the whole idea had been Ashleighs and so she should be going first.
“Welcome to my home,” she said. “This group was Ashleighs idea, so she should really be speaking first. I plan on writing a novel, even though I should be working on the next eBook for my business.”
“Good, good,” Ashleigh said. “What will your novel be about?”
“Ah, I’m not one hundred percent sure, but it will be set somewhere tropical and there will be a strong female lead character,” Fia said. “I know that much.”
“Great,” Ashleigh said.
“I’ll go next,” Ruby said and Ashleigh nodded to her. “I’ve decided to write a novel set in L.A.. I lived there for six months and it’s the perfect place for a fast-paced story.”
“Wow,” Mia said. “Your book sounds good already, Rue. I’m writing a novel about a witch, and she lives now, in our time, in a not-real village in the countryside in England.”
“A fictional village and a witch,” Ruby said. “that sounds like your style. Will she eat little children?”
Mia blushed and shook her head.
“Me next,” Betty said. “I’m writing a lesbian love story, but it’s set in the seventeen hundreds in Mesopotamia where lesbian relationships were allowed, unlike other parts of the world.”
“Just an introduction, Betty, not the entire story tonight,” Ruby said, crossing her legs and folding her arms.
Betty raised her eyebrows and mouthed Okay.
“I’m writing a novel with a positive body image message,” Alice said. “It will be set right here, and now, and when women read it they’ll feel great about themselves no matter their size or shape.”
“Will you be using a photograph of yourself on the cover?” Ruby asked, leaning forward.
“No idea,” Alice said, pulling her top down firmly over her shorts. “Will you?”
“Why would I do that?” Ruby asked.
“You said you lived in L.A., your story is set in L.A., is it all about you?” Alice asked.
“My turn,” Ashleigh said, holding a hand up. “And I have absolutely no idea what my novel will be about.”
“What?” Fia said, laughing. “This whole thing is your idea, and you don’t know what you’re going to write about? Doesn’t that seem strange? I would have thought you knew what you were doing, more than any of the rest of us here.”
“I know what you mean,” Ashleigh said. “But nope, absolutely not. I have no clue. I guess I’ll start writing and see what happens.”
“That’s so not like you, Ash,” said Mia. “You’re the queen of organisation. The most put together person I’ve ever known. Aren’t you scared you’ll have nothing to write about?”
“No,” Ashleigh said. “For once in my life I’m being spontaneous.”
“There’s spontaneous and then there’s you, girl,” Alice said. “I have to say I’m shocked.”
“You’re the girl who colour codes her wardrobe,” Mia said. “I love your colour-coded wardrobe.”
“What can I say, people?” Ashleigh said, placing her wine glass onto a coaster. “It’s time I got a little wild.”
“This is going to be a trip,” Betty said. “We’re all writing such different books. I can’t wait to start reading them.”
“Oh, me too,” Mia said. “Especially yours Betty. I’ve never read anything like that before.”
“I doubt any of us have,” Ruby said. She gave Betty a smooth smile.
“Let’s drink a toast,” Alice said, lifting her wine glass. “To all of us, women writing novels, may we be our most open, honest and naked selves as we write, and be our kindest selves when we read.”
“Oh, cheers to that,” Fia said.
“To The Naked Ladies Writing Group,” Ashleigh said.