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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

And the Ideas Just Keep Coming


        Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
Well, I have just been writing up a storm! Just pounding the keyboard (and hoping what I’m saying makes sense). I’m working on The Marshall and Mrs. Morgan at the moment (along little snippets of other stories that are in my head).
I so love this part of the process, where I’m learning about my characters—who they are and what makes them do the things they do. What do they look like? What’s their personal history? Did they have happy childhoods? What happened to them to get them where they are now, meeting each other for the first time? It’s fun finding out!
I’m learning about the town where the story is set as well because the town is just as much a character as the people who inhabit it.
As with the beginning of any new story for me, the ideas are coming fast and furious. Funny where inspiration hits and little bits of dialogue or scenes come to me. Take yesterday, for instance. I was grocery shopping (as I usually do on Sundays) when an idea hit me. Fortunately, I always carry a small notebook in my purse for such occasions so there I stood, in the middle of the detergent aisle, jotting down notes so I wouldn’t lose them. I may have even giggled a time or two as I wrote (did other shoppers look at me like I was nuts? Yes, I’m sure they did). How long did I stand there, blocking the aisle before I moved my cart aside? I honestly have no idea. Certainly not long enough for my ice cream to melt into a puddle but definitely long enough for it to get soft.
Of course, those ideas and scenes aren’t in any particular order and neither is my manuscript at the moment (I haven’t even finished Chapter Two yet and here I am, jotting down scenes for the epilogue!). But this is how my mind works. Scary, isn’t it? I’ll puzzle it all together later (which again, is how my mind works).
Oooh, just got another glimpse of a scene. Gotta go write it down before I forget!

Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go!


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