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May 31, 2010

I miss my characters

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I’ve spent a long time with the characters from my first suspense novel and I’ve come to know them as well as the “real” people in my life.

Eleanor, my heroine, is also a writer of suspense and she is enjoying much success with her books.  I can fast forward a few years and pick up her life as if it were my own.

Michael, Eleanor’s husband, has been a tougher character to create.  I wanted him to be one of those men only a handful of lucky women manage to connect with, and yet still be a believable 21st century male.  Michael’s character took on the most revisions before he became the man he needed to be.

Mel, my villain, was fun to write, yet often very scary.  Sometimes I wondered how his creepy thoughts kept surfacing inside the mind of someone like myself, a stable, very normal individual.  But I also enjoyed being able to step into the psychotic nature of a person like Mel and try to figure out what made him do the things he did.

As I write the pages of my newest book, I find myself wondering what Eleanor, Michael and Mel would do in the situations of my new plot.  I wish I felt the same intimacy with my new characters, but I know it’s only a matter of time before they too become as real to me as my original trio.

Do you write characters that you miss once you’re done with them?

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May 29, 2010

The Creative Process…unpredictable

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Just recently I received the artwork for the cover of my upcoming suspense novel and I must say, I was thrilled with the entire look of it.  It completely captures the essence of my book and I think it will entice many to read the synopsis at the back and hopefully want to buy the book.

So, I had been working on a sequel to this novel, but due to some major revisions to the first book, a sequel may or may not be my next step.  Slightly derailed in my creativity for a few days, I sat down, literally with pen and paper, and began to write out some other plot ideas that had been festering inside my head.

It seems I have a completely new book, with a new cast of characters, ready and willing to pour out onto the page.  The character sketches and major plot points came together incredibly quickly and after two or three hours of writing, I now have a prologue and two full chapters and I’m quite intrigued on where this is all going.

The creative process is indeed unpredictable.  I was completely sure, and completely excited to finish the last third of my sequel.  My characters were still fresh from the rewrite of book one and the intricacies that had developed in the sub-plots and amongst the major players had me convinced that I’d complete the manuscript within a few days.

But my creative persona had other plans.

You’re a writer.  Don’t let yourself get tied into one idea or one project.  If the creative muse comes a calling with something new, open yourself to the possibilities of the creative process.  You never know what might happen.  Savour the unpredictable.

May 20, 2010

Resources for writers of Suspense

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Just thought I’d publish a list of links for those of you writing in the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller or one of the sub genres.  There’s a wealth of good information online to help you with everything from plotting to characters to creating suspense.

http://www.writersdigest.com/article/nine-tricks-to-writing-suspense-fiction/
This is one of the BEST articles I’ve read online!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/200905/mary-higgins-clark-failure
for Mary Higgins Clark fans.

http://www.creative-writing-solutions.com/suspense-writing.html

http://www.writers.com/singer_classes.html#mystery

http://www.marisamontes.com/writing_tips.htm#top

http://www.writerswrite.com/fiction/michelemartinez.htm

http://www.peppersmithbooks.com/Writing%20Suspense–Pepper%20Smith.pdf

http://www.ehow.com/how_4893767_write-suspense-novel.html

http://www.imperfectclarity.net/?p=559

http://rayannecarr.wordpress.com/for-writers/

http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2009/08/secret-to-writing-thriller.html

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/genrefiction/tp/mysteryrules.htm

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mystery/

http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/lessonplans/

Hope you enjoyed the links.
Now…get back to that novel!

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