With each story I write, I begin with an outline. But as you know, outlines are only guidelines because along the way the story morphs—sometimes majorly.
That your story-line drifts away from your initial outline shouldn’t be of concern. That your story-line changes into something you no longer like is. You should always like where your story is heading. You should love your characters. Once you no longer like the narrative of your story, you won’t be excited about writing it, and you begin to question everything associated with it. It’s when that dreaded writer’s block sets in.
The story-line for my The Guilty Woman novel formed in my head—believe it or not—from the opening sentence: “OH GOD! OH God, oh God, is he dead?” From that simple sentence, which appeared in the pages of the book I was reading at the time, the premise for the story came to me. With it, Francesca and her love interest Tommy were born in my head. The scenery, the timeline, and the characters, and the story followed and all fell into place like a well-stacked Jenga tower.
I really enjoyed writing this novel, and because I did, I could see it so clearly in my head that sentence after sentence flowed onto the screen with ease.
In the end, it turned out to be the story I wanted to tell. It has a touch of humor, and a murder because you can never go wrong with one of those. It has a wonderful youthful love encounter, which offsets the unpleasant sexual scenes that come later. And of course it has an enduring love.
I really do hope you enjoy this novel as much as I loved writing it.
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