Writing is a tough profession. The competition in today’s publishing world makes the strongest writers think twice about their commitment to excellence. Those of us who are lured by the magnificence of story are committed to creating a world where our readers slip into the shoes of our characters and are whisked away to an amazing thrill filled with uncertainty.
A writer has a gauge by which she measures her stories, the one she is currently writing and the future projects that are being shopped at publishing houses.
Each book has to have deeper characterization than the previous novel, a more intricate plot, a setting that challenges the storyline, and more emotive conflict. No pressure there!
Once I establish my premise, my quest for dynamic characters begins. I insist upon an unlikely heroine
The hero is a strong man who appreciates many aspects of the heroine. They differ in views and argue, but they learn to work together while they step from one danger to another.
The villain is motivated by greed. He’s highly intelligent and charms his followers with power, money, or wit.
Premise, characterization, and plot are tightly women. My plot must parallel the heroine’s chosen profession and put her into danger as she reaches for an impossible goal. She flexes her muscles and goes to work.
Are my readers breathless? Filled with excitement? Do they sense the danger? Are they swept away in a romance?
What setting interests or terrifies my heroine? I believe in research to validate my setting, and that means stepping into unfamiliar territory. I’ve been to Sudan, rode the line with the Border Patrol, interviewed treasure hunters, and made friends with the FBI.
If the passion for story will not let you go, I challenge you to take the plunge and write the adventure!