You heard it right, cowgirls and boys. Awesome author Beth Williamson is blogging about letting the story unfold of its own accord and giving away an advanced review copy of Restless Heart to one commenter on this blog today. So with no further ado…Here’s Beth.
Letting the story tell itself
As much as writers are pushed to create a synopsis, a blurb, a tag line for a story, the story never follows the map I draw. It’s true, no matter how much I plot, the story tells itself.
I always “think” I know how the plot will unfold, but I am helpless to stem the tide once its racing toward the shore. This holds true for not only the direction the story takes but characters too. I always know the hero and heroine before I begin, and those two characters are at the center of the story. What happens to them, with them, because of them, is anybody’s guess. Secondary characters simply appear as I type and I think, “where the hell did they come from?”
I write a synopsis to sell a book, but as soon as I actually start writing the book, my fingers and my imagination kick my synopsis to the curb and take over. I start hearing characters conversing in my head and in my dreams. I’ll be driving and have a sudden inspiration, and an entire scene unfolds in my mind. I’ve recorded plenty of that only to transcribe it later.
Some writers use plot boards and spreadsheets to track their stories. That just doesn’t work for me. One writer I know who used a story board with sticky notes told a hilarious story of how one was stuck to her coat when she went to the bank. What did it say? Something along the lines of “Hide the evidence. Kill off Brown.” Bwahahaha! See what happens when you track your story? It blows up on you.
RESTLESS HEART was just such a story. It was the second book I’ve written as Emma Lang, following RUTHLESS HEART. I knew Angeline needed her own story, and who her hero would be, and then when I started writing, things just happened. It’s a highly emotional book, with very intense scenes that made me cry, a crotchety old man who made me laugh (he was one of those surprise! characters) and a hero I just wanted to hold tight.
The method to my madness has worked for me, after having written 19 novels, so I think I’ll stick with it. 🙂
Restless Heart by Emma Lang
Angels don’t always have halos…
Angeline Hunter ran from a horrific marriage, to start her life again in a small town in Wyoming, away from the Mormon life she had escaped in Utah. She didn’t want to fall in love, or even fall in like, with a man like Samuel Carver. He was too nice, too normal, and far out of the reach for a woman who lived each day in a lie.
Sam Carver had hair the color of midnight and eyes darker than pitch—the eyes of a man who’d seen too much. But he couldn’t get enough of the mysterious, ethereal beauty who had turned up in his little Wyoming town, working at the Blue Plate, keeping to herself.
He knew Angeline Hunter was running scared, pursued by a fanatic who threatened her life. But no matter what it took, Sam would convince his angel to put her trust in him, to put the painful past behind her and learn just how pleasurable the present could be….
Read more about Restless Heart here.
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