Happy Friday & writing goodness!

Happy Friday, peeps!  So I had one of those “aha” moments last evening as I was staring blankly at my whiteboard, trying to figure out why the hero in Shoot to Thrill seemed kinda one-dimensional to me.  Background?  It’s told in first person from the heroine’s point of view, so we never get to see inside Jonah’s head, just get to know him by his actions.

So as I’m looking at the whiteboard that’s chock full of Arin’s details, I realized I really, really needed to get to know Jonah.  You might think this is basic math, but again, we’re in her POV, not his, so those things that would flow naturally when writing in multiple POVs gets stretched out a bit here.  I mean, I know the basics and a lot of background info on the guy, but i didn’t know what the worst thing that had ever happened to him was.  Nor did I know what gave him nightmares.  See what I mean?

This is where I’m kind of a freak about my process… To me plot and character are interwoven so tightly that I can’t just plot the book out, because I don’t yet know how the character, as he or she develops, will change that plot.  Case in point, I found out something absolutely horrible about both my hero and heroine yesterday.  I made them tell me the worst thing they had ever done.  And you know what?  It was a common theme for both of them–they were ashamed they’d used their power and/or influence to hurt someone, even if the person in question deserved it.  And then that led me to the theme that has been dancing in the back of my head since I started writing this book… vengeance.

Right now I have two more chapters to write–finish up a fight scene, and then the finale.  But until yesterday, and my white board moment, I just couldn’t go there, because both of my characters had to give up something BIG in order for those last two chapters to drag the reader (and me) right along with them.

And this is why authors are nuts.  LOL!!  Have a GREAT weekend!!

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