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2 posts categorized "Write On Monday"


Locked Doors and Dead Ends

I'm working on the second book of a series I never intended to write. My main character, Brocs Harley is a repo man who got caught up in an ugly situation when his little brother is murdered. That book was called Where the Dreams End, and it was Brocs' story start to finish. A vignette into the darkest time in his life and how he dealt with it. Those that have read it, liked it. They liked the character and wanted to see him again. Hence the reason I've started working on book two in the Repo Man Series. The series that wasn't supposed to happen. 

I'm thrilled that readers want to see more of Brocs, but I locked a few doors and blocked off a few roads in book one and I'm paying the price now. As I run story lines through my head, trying to figure out how to motivate my repo man into investigating another murder, I find that I don't have as many routes available as I could have. There are just some things I can't explore because of what has already happened in book one. It's making this story a bit hard to tell.

Book one of the Randi Black Mysteries, Murder at Timber Bridge, was set up as a series. From the very first I knew that there was more to Randi than one story, and there are clues to the future in book one. Little hints of mystery or tragedy to come. I didn't kill off anyone important to the future of the series, I didn't block off any roads or lock any doors. I can take Randi anywhere. The difference, Book two in the series is in edit, book three is started, books four and five are roughly outlined. It's a fun road to travel with Randi and her family. Brocs, not so much.

For one thing, Brocs is a much darker character, his baggage is a lot heavier than Randi's. Things that work in Alden for the Randi stories won't work in Stantonville with Brocs. If I had known Where the Dreams End was a series book when I first sat down to write it, I would have done some things differently, but there you go, I didn't, and I didn't.

How about you? Have you ever looked at a story line while you were writing and realized something you were getting ready to do was going to limit what might come later? Did you plan a series from the start? How much leeway does an author have with readers if you choose a road the really shouldn't be available because of what has happened before? Will readers give you some slack, or will you destroy their trust and lost them?

I've been pondering some of these questions as I try to figure out where Brocs is going in his latest adventure, The Sins of My Father. What motivates him? Why does he care so much? What can happen to him at this point in his life to make him risk it for an investigation?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these questions. Drop in and tell me what you think.


Write On Mondays and Tuesdays with Friends

In honor of Twenty-Ten (2010), and because a year with such a cool name deserves something special. KdBlog is starting a some new features. The first one is called Write On Mondays, where I share a writing tip, bring up something writing related that's bugging me or just blather about writing in general. If any of you have been watching you'll note that I've pretty much always talked about something writing related on Mondays, so that's not really something new for Monday's. Actually, the only thing new about it is the name, Write On Monday. 

Feature number two is, Tuesdays with Friends, and it starts next week. Tuesdays with Friends is the day I turn KdBlog over to a guest so they can tell us a funny story, share a writing tip, tell us about their book, or give KdBlog an interview. 

I've already made a bunch of new Tuesday Friends while bringing this feature together. I've also got a nice long list of new books to read. Some of KdBlogs Tuesday guests will feature book giveaways for commenters or maybe even a contest or two. So get ready for some Tuesday fun at KdBlog. And be sure and check out the books our Tuesday friends share. What could be more fun than a chance to find new mystery authors?

Wednesday and Thursday will continue on as usual. Blank unless something funny or absurd catches my eye or one of my family members or myself do something so stupid it has to be shared. 

What I like to Read will continue on Fridays and the weekends will be blog free unless, as noted for Wednesday and Thursday, I do something so stupid I feel I have to share.

Thank you all so much for spending time with me on KdBlog. I hope you enjoy what's going on around here this year.