Start Writing . . .

begin writing colourI dump my characters in a particular situation and I start writing . . . I can almost hear the sharp intakes of breath from those writers who adhere to the more traditional discipline of planning.

What is incredible to me is how the story pretty much writes itself, although naturally my flow is interspersed by frustrating blank moments. Characters take on lives of their own and behave in ways I had not anticipated.  Twists and turns show up out of nowhere in ways I could never have imagined.

Elspeth is a good example of a character stepping out of her profile. In ‘Never Again’, Elspeth was supposed to be a very minor character: an interesting guest who enhanced the entertainment value. But, oh no, she was not having any of it. Before I knew what was happening, she had muscled in on the main act. She became an integral character who features pretty much from beginning to end, and I have to admit, she is one of my favourite characters in this book.

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