Friday, June 5, 2015

Summertime, and the BS'ing is Easy!

By Bea Cartwright from Kylie Logan’s League of Literary Ladies mysteries

Good morning, all!  Bea here.  Though I’m usually one of the Killer Characters who take turns writing about my life and my adventure on these pages, today I’ve been asked to do something a little different.  You see today, my author, Kylie Logan, has asked me to talk about how lucky she is.

Kylie, see, is headed out to spend a week with her brainstorming group.

I’m sure you’ve heard of brainstorming groups before (or as these ladies call it, their BS’ing group!) and I’m just as sure with every group of writers, it works a different way.  Kylie’s BS’ers work something like this:

There are four of them and once a year (oh, if only if could be more often!) they get together at the summer home of one of their members.  There, they each have two sessions to talk about anything and everything that might be plaguing them about a work in progress, a new idea, or just some aspect of their writing like something in the plot that’s got them stuck or characters’ relationships that they’re trying to figure out.

Each session is supposed to last an hour and a half, but truth be told, these ladies can really talk once they get going!  More often than not, the sessions go to two hours and beyond.

And here’s the really important thing, or at least what Kylie tells me is really important–each session is double tape recorded.  Sure, the person whose session it is takes plenty of notes, but according to these ladies, there’s nothing like getting back home, playing the tape and listening to what are often brilliant ideas that no one paid any attention to in the rush of conversation.  As for double recording?  You can never be too careful!  When it comes to this much creativity and wisdom, you don’t want to lose a word.

Careful notes are taken and from there, each author takes off, maybe plotting her next book, maybe to shape up something she’s already working on.

I can tell you for a fact that I’ve benefitted from these sessions as much as Kylie has.  A couple of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries have been hashed out and rehashed, plotted and planned at BS’ing group.  For this, the League of Literary Ladies and I are grateful.

This year?  Hmmm . . . well, Kylie’s being pretty close-mouthed about what she’s up to.  With any luck it’s another exciting adventure for the League!


  1. Sounds wonderful! We do something similar with our critique group - a plotting retreat. But have never recorded the sessions. Will have to included that next time.

  2. It's so easy to forget something brilliant that someone says. And I'm always amazed, as I listen to the tapes, how we go around and around and around a problem for what feels like forever...then we hit upon the fix! Without the tapes, I'm not sure I'd always pick up on things like that. And of course double taping . . .just in case!

  3. I hope so Bea, I just love to hear what you ladies are up to. I first met you in THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HARLOW, but quickly went back to the beginning to catch up with all of your mysteries and adventures. You are definitly an eclectic group and I hope to be able to follow your adventures for a long time.

  4. Great idea! Looking forward to it!

  5. Sounds like great fun and productive too! Love your books set on Put-in-Bay!