Greetings fellow authors!
It’s been many months now that we’ve all been inundated with all sorts of news, some good, some bad, some downright frightening. As a fiction writer, all those bombardments (many of which are out of my control) make me dive into my writing, into a world where I am omnipotent. I can make the world go my way. I infuse the emotions from daily life into the scenes of my story. It’s cathartic, really. The year I wrote my second romance, The Inn at Little Bend I lost three people I loved dearly, and I retreated to my studio. It seemed that only there could I make sense of things and force the capricious fates to bend to my will. In the story the main characters were struggling with their own losses, searching for the realization that they, too, could survive the anguish. In the end the book wrote itself. This is one way I use to cope with everyday stresses and bring realism and substance to my writing. By the same token, when there is joy, write the charming scenes. Somehow the passion comes through. It transfers from the imagination to the fingers and onto the page, even if it is just a skeleton of what I finally want to say. I don’t search for the perfect words at that point or I’ll lose the feeling of the scene. I return later and flesh it out until the chapters draw the reader into the world I’ve created.
I find it curious that non-writers have no idea what actually goes into creating something from nothing, especially something as intangible as imagination. For example: This year, along with Covid, I’ve had to take care of sick horses and sick dogs. It’s a very big deal for an animal lover like myself. As with the elderly and babies (both of which I am a caregiver) the doctors and vets are always concerned with ‘intestinal fortitude’. When I was at the barn the other day I joked with one of the other boarders that my fifth book was destined to be titled, ‘Waiting For Poop’! She laughed and said it should be easy for me because I’ve already written four novels. Apparently she was under the mistaken impression that authors think up an idea, sit down, start with chapter one and stand up after typing the words, ‘the end’. As I spoke with other non-writers they, too, thought creating believable characters in intriguing situations was as easy as following a recipe for apple pie. They don’t realize that the characters become so real to the author that I, at least, actually miss them when the story is finished. It is for this reason that several of my characters have made an appearance in each of my romances.
One inventive way that works for me to visualize my characters is to search the internet for a lookalike of my hero/heroine. I look for the features that I have drawn of them in my head. When I find him/her I actually frame the pictures and use them while I write. When I am in the hero’s head, I speak to the heroine’s picture and vice versa. It keeps me on trace and my point of view accurate. At 2am it’s really fun when they start talking back! I know my characters have really come to life when the two pictures start talking to one another, and I am just a reporter struggling to scribble what they are saying. This phenomenon actually happened to me while writing my first romance, Season of the Shadow. The story took a turn that was not in my outline, and I had not imagined. I liked what my characters had done so I wrote the scene their way.
To me, writers are painters…only we paint with words to create a scenario in the minds of our readers. Write what you know. Write what you are passionate about and that fervor will come through in your words. Remember these are your words, your creation. I find that when I let others read what I created, it’s as if I’m allowing them inside my head. Very hard on the ego. I’ve dealt with rejection letters from publishers. If you love writing, keep at it just for the sheer joy of ‘painting with words’. There’s no steadfast rule of writing a story. Some writers write from beginning to end. I have a general outline of the story in my head and in notes but if a middle scene pops into my head, I write it and file it. Somehow there will be a segue in and out of that scene when I add it into the story.
I was raised on the East coast, enjoying many years wandering the fields and freedoms of a beautiful working farm. Been writing stories of all kinds as long as I can remember. December 1, 2020 is the release date for my third romance, Inside the Grey. I also have a ‘coming of age’ juvenile adventure, Fun In The Yellow Pages.
Please visit my website www.Bobbiscorner.com to peruse all the blurbs, reviews and trailers.