Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Recurring Themes, Inspiration, and Unruly Characters
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Do you carefully plot your stories, or do you plot as you write? Why do you think this particular ethos works for... you? I am definitely part plotter, but I am mainly a pantser. As in fly by the seat of my pants. I create a rough plot and detailed character histories and then let the characters loose and follow where they go. Often, they take off in entirely different directions from what I had intended. I like to think that this is because the characters are so real that they refuse to act against their natures. More likely, it is an indication that I didn't plan as well as I thought I did. The worst case is a minor character in one novel who became so strong, he kept demanding more face time, so I had to cut him and set him aside for his own story.
Is there a particular genre (within romance) you could never write? Why? I have a million ideas rattling around in my head. Everything from sci-fi romance, futuristic, historic, time travel, contemporary, erotic romance ... and the list goes on. I think I could write just about any kind of romance. I don't read much in the shape-shifter lines, so they would be difficult to write, but with enough research, I could do it. I write the ideas that pop into my head, although typically they morph into something quite different from the original idea. I like to let the story, characters and ideas create themselves. With one exception ... I detest abuse of any kind, but have written about the results of such heinous acts. I have tried to read a novel about a woman who falls for the man who raped her, but it repulsed me, so I guess I would be unable/unwilling to write that type of story.
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