I’ve finally made it to my book’s last quarter, and as always, I looked at my plot points, and there weren’t enough to fill enough pages. That’s a usual. I think when I’m plotting, my brain can only come up with so many ideas and then it fizzles. Pfft! And I always overestimate how many pages I’ll get from each plot point. WHY can’t descriptions flow for pages for me like some of my friends’ writing can? Not padding. All good. But no, I write tight and can’t seem to expand as much as I’d like to. So, it’s always back to the drawing board…or my version of an outline. And I always have to reach the point where I panic before adrenaline makes my TINY gray cells think of a new twist or a little distraction to finish the story.
And just when I’m irritated with my Muse and my brain, it offers me a consolation prize. Yup, last night, while I was fiddling with a scene, Ta Da!, an idea came for book 7 in my Jazzi series. Then an idea came for book 8 and another one for book 9. I scribbled them down and meant to push them away for another day, but book 7 wasn’t finished trying to tempt me. And bless my subconscious, three different ideas came together in a swoop. And a new character sprang to life to introduce as a recurring part of Jazzi and Ansel’s lives.
I’m crediting C.S. Boyack for the new character. He’s been writing a series about the archetypes in stories for Story Empire’s blog, and his last post was about the Trickster. You can find it here: https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/character-archetypes-the-trickster/
Now, forever ago, I wrote urban fantasy as Judith Post, and I wrote a three book series about a fallen angel. Enoch was sent to Earth to clean up after his friend Caleb, who meant to join Lucifer’s rebellion, but Enoch tackled him and stopped him, thinking he’d save him from being thrown in the pit with the other rebels. And he did save him from that, but Caleb was punished anyway. He was thrown to Earth instead, and had a wonderful time spreading trouble and creating a new race of vampires. The thing is, it’s hard to hate Caleb. He’s a self-absorbed, careless Trickster, and I had a wonderful time writing him, so when C.S. Boyack did a post on them, I decided I wanted one in my cozy mysteries. And bless my mysterious brain, it sent me a fun one to add to Jazzi’s stories. If I can pull it off. Tricksters aren’t so easy to write. But I’m willing to give it a try.
I think every writer’s brain works with different chemical or inspirational impulses, but mine seems to work best when I least expect it. Or when I panic. Whatever triggers yours, I hope you find ideas and inspiration. And happy writing!