Not for me that sort of careful planning, I'm afraid. When it comes to writing, I'm very much what is termed in the game, as a "pantser". In other words, I write from the seat of my pants, with very little forethought or planning.
In general terms, once I have an idea for a new story, I usually have a beginning in mind and an end. All that then needs to be worked out is that pesky, little bit in the middle. In other words, about ninety-five percent of the story.
But, how do I come up with the idea in the first place? I know some authors who have an inexhaustible list of story ideas. I envy them greatly. They are either more creative and more imaginative than me or maybe they just are better organised. Whatever is the answer, for me, the end of one book marks the beginning of the soul-searching of what to write next.
For me, the real problems came when I was finished the trilogy and wondering what on earth I was going to write next.
It was totally chance that saw the genesis of my most successful novel, to date, The Photograph. I didn't consider horror or the supernatural to be my genre, although I had written some short stories in that general area when putting together Paranormal Alley with my son.
One day I just happened to eavesdrop on a conversation on Facebook, between a friend of mine, Colin and someone I wasn't acquainted with, by the name of Tony.
Tony was telling Colin that when cleaning up, he'd discovered an old roll of undeveloped film from the 1970's. Colin was fascinated and wanted to know what might be on it. Tony was less keen, however, to pursue the idea. He suggested that it had been a time in his life that he wasn't that keen on revisiting. He'd rather not be reminded of certain things from back then, he'd said.
It certainly got me to thinking, though. What might be on that film? It didn't take me long at all to start making up all sorts of scenarios of what he might find on that film if and when he developed it.
One thing I can absolutely say is that writing in this genre I did find extremely satisfying. It allowed for a lot more creativity than say writing a straight romance.
And now, here I am again, wondering what next. I haven't written a word in "anger" for almost three months now. I write lots of blogs, I do my marketing of my seven books, but I don't have a current "WIP" (Work in Progress) as they like to call it. So, what next?
Please don't be surprised if I eavesdrop on one of your Facebook conversations at some time. I'm in dire need of inspiration and will be looking hard because what we know is that from just one casual remark, a might novel can be born.
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