Monday, April 13, 2015

K - Kidnapped

Letter K clip artThis word came to mind immediately. Why? Well, in my first mystery novel, "Not a Whisper", there was not ONE but TWO kidnappings.

When I started writing that book, I had a setting (a fictional town in Pennsylvania based upon an actual area where I had lived), some loosely defined characters and the prologue (which I had written down after a dream). I had no idea who the victim was, when she was killed, how or who killed her.

This is when I discovered that I love writing "by the seat of my pants". For anyone who knows me, this is counter-intuitive. I am a detailed analytical. I love to plan. I am SO not impulsive. But for whatever reason, writing without a strict outline works for me.

I used the same method with book two in the Klondike mystery series, "Barely a Spark" and will be doing the same this year with book three, "Almost a Touch".

8 comments:

  1. Really! We will get to read it this year! I need to go back and read the first two again.

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  2. Dale Bradley MorrisApril 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    It's really good to know this worked out so well for you! I'm trying to break the list habit...it's not working out too well so far, lol

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  3. You have to figure out what works for you! ;)

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  4. Samantha Dunaway BryantApril 13, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    I'm a pantser, too . . .and also a big planner in other aspects of life. Maybe the novel is the one area I'm willing to let go and go along for the ride on.

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  5. Glad to meet you, love finding someone else with my quirks. ;)

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  6. Wonderful to hear how well you're doing with your writing. Good luck for book three.

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