I stared at a blank page for quite some time trying to come up with something to write for this blog. I wrote the last line and then stared at it for an even longer time. What could I write that would possibly interest anyone reading this blog since I am not all that interesting in reality.
For the reader who gets totally engrossed in a book and the characters, this is how a book starts. A blank page and for a pantser writer like me, that can be frightening. For a plotter writer, they map out the entire book, the characters, and the circumstances in some form or fashion before starting the book. Those writers have an idea about what the story is about. For those of us who are pantser – AKA writing by the seat of our pants – we just start writing.
We may get a seed of an idea when we see a real-life news story. Perhaps, the writer has just watched a real life touching scene between two people and a story flourishes from there. I tend to write backwards. Let me explain how my mind works.
I’m a retired cop and I worked as a detective and crime scene specialist for many years. When I got a case, I arrived after the end result has occurred and have to work backwards from there. So, I have a body. First step…who is this person? Next step, how did this person die? Next step, what lead up to this person’s death? You ask questions and find the answers and so on.
Therefore, I tend to write in the same fashion. I have the big black moment or climax of the story hit me…usually when I’m just about asleep…and my books start there. I write the climatic end or the crucial moment of what I think the book will be FIRST. Following my investigator training and experience, I start tracking down my characters movements and events backwards until I have the beginning in sight. This generally works for me, but then, I write suspense and that is a good genre for that type of writing.
What triggers a story for me? Dialogue. I will have a wonderful line pop into my head that one of my characters will say and the next thing I know, the words start spilling out and I have a scene to build from. There is nothing like doing dishes and carrying on a full conversation between two characters out loud. Fortunately, Hubby ignores me.
What I hate…lack of motivation and desire to write. I’m at that point in my life right now. I know that since a teenager, writing has been an outlet for me and my sanity. Therefore, I’ll start writing again. I just have to find that right story and the mojo that goes along with it. When I do, look out keyboard