Wednesday, April 09, 2014
When an idea comes to mind it is fantastic. The problem is, ok so it is great in a sentence, but how do I turn that into a full bodied book? I have been working with an idea for some time now. I liked the opening, but hit a block after the opening. Now I don't often write without blocking out the rest of my plot, but I just had to get something on paper before I forgot it. I just couldn't think how that idea could turn into something else. I started to work on the idea time after time and came up with nothing. Finally, I decided to jot down memories of things that I had done over my life time from make believe ideas when I was a child to thrilling experiences on the ski slopes.
Since I love to read mystery and historical romances, I wanted to write about a mystery in a historical setting. I love to read about the lives of strong willed women in the pioneer days. But, I just couldn't seem to get my idea to moving. I couldn't relate to the pioneer days.
Then, at the funeral of a friend, I began worrying about what I would do without my husband. Cancer could easily kill him. I confided in another friend that I felt bad worrying about myself when one friend had died and my husband was so sick with chemo. She looked at me straight in the eye and said, " Don't worry. When the times come, we will be there for you." She was referring to the community of the women that I am friends with.
It was then that it dawned on me that what I liked about the stories I read was the strong woman characters living their lives through both hardships and happiness. I realized that my friends were there for me now, just like the characters were there for each other in the novels that I read. I argued with myself that the pioneer life was in the past and that was why people liked to read about them. Then the big moment came. One day, the time that I live in, will also be in the past. The best time to write about it is now while I am living the moment.
After that, I was able to go back to my idea, to wrap it around current times and events, and to get some real work done. I used many of my memory moments that I had jotted downs to add interest and a reality check to my book.
Don't you just love it when an ideal comes together?