I never have a problem with ideas. I have them coming out of my ears and the pile of "to be written" novel folders teetering on my writing desk attest to that. Must be at least a dozen waiting patiently in the wings. I get excited about which one to start next but there is always one that "calls" to me more strongly than the others to be written. This time it will be another outback novel set in the largest state of Western Australia in Oz, a region rich in vast grazing properties and mining.
The story would just not take off in my mind until I thought more deeply about each of the main characters and realised that my heroine was too flat. She soon came to life when it eventuated that she was Irish. So I have the lovely opportunity to use my overseas travel inspiration in Ireland some years ago and my husband's family heritage from Rathdrum in County Wicklow as the link for my heroine in my story.
Done. Well, not quite. The story still has to be written.
I came across an article recently about writing with passion. It suggested authors write about things that you are personally passionate about. Makes sense because you can draw on what you already know and impart that enthusiasm into your writing. If you have a passion, ten to one you will know quite a lot about it. So I made a list and will gradually introduce each of my interests in future novels.
Then there is the plotting and planning which I personally need to do before beginning any project and certainly in the novels I write.
Pacing is another issue to keep the story flowing and interesting for the reader. This is achieved of course with lots of questions to be answered. Also helped by movement and dialogue with perhaps only a couple of paragraphs of narrative in order that the pace does not slow down. Then there is possibly a time element for urgency or a quest that a character needs solved. In a mystery maybe also the pressure of being on the run. I've realised that I also toss in some kind of deception or secret that is gradually revealed.
Lots to think about and lots of words to get down on paper. But I love it. I can't imagine doing anything else and when the current project is nearing completion, I find myself looking eagerly ahead to the next. "Outback Kingdom", here I come.
As a teaser, I am putting up the eBook cover for my latest story, "Grace's Cottage". I hope you love the image and promise it conveys as much as I do.