Tuesday, 28 December 2010


The key ingredients I look for in a fully formed breakout premise are (1) plausibility, (2) inherent conflict, (3) originality and (4) gut emotional appeal.
— Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel

I wrote this song two hours before we met.
I didn’t know your name or what you looked like yet.
Oh I could have stayed at home and gone to bed.
I could have gone to see a film instead.
You might have changed your mind and seen your friends.
Life could have been very different but then,
something changed.
Do you believe that there’s someone up above?
Does he have a timetable directing acts of love?
Why did I write this song on that one day?
Why did you touch my hand and softly say.
Stop asking questions that don’t matter anyway.
Just give us a kiss to celebrate here today.
Something changed.
When we woke up that morning we had no way of knowing,
that in a matter of hours we’d change the way we were going.
Where would I be now if we’d never met?
Would I be singing this song to someone else instead?
I dunno but like you said
something changed
Pulp - Something changed

I love the song almost as much as the premise, it is a story  I'd love to write. 
On the Donald Maass Literary Agency website they post what they would like to find in the inbox. This is considerate. Someone goes to a lot of time and effort to generate ideas.


  1. Hi Elaine: Just popped in to see how your writing was going and what you're working on this week. I'm working on DR-7 and having a good time of it. Hope you're writing well and having a good time of it, too.

  2. Thanks for sharing the video. It is a wonderful story.

    Happy New Year.

  3. Lovely poem. You should write the story.

    All the best in the new year.


  4. Someone does go through a lot of trouble to write that out for authors. Wow- I'm impressed.

  5. I liked the Donald Maass site too.

  6. Hi Ivy
    DR-7? @@ Sounds intriguing. I get caught up in DIY projects and family during the holiday. I've made two attempts to write a synopsis and one timely submission. I did write the first scene in Chapter 1 of the book I think of as daughter-of-Near-Edgware. ;) The first book I wrote and subbed.

    Hi Media
    Gotta love Jarvis.

    Hi Michael
    Jarvis, of Pulp, (he sounds like a knight of old) is a cutting-edge poet, in his lyrics.

    Hi Summer
    It is amazing how much detail they put into the suggestions; they post them regularly.

    Hi Chris
    You can learn a lot - I love the realistic, clearly focussed advice.

  7. Congrats on writing the first scene, and congrats on getting caught up about the house. DR-7 is draft seven. When I save my files, I do DR-6 and so on.

    Happy Writing. Hope you get a lot of good words down in 2011.

  8. Go for it Ivy. Number 7 is the lucky number :)