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".


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

  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's not working out too well so far, lol

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

  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.

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

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


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