My last themed week to do with each of my books.
I mean it wouldn’t do to have had them different from the other couples now would it? One of these days I must surprise myself and write someone nice.
Enough. We are trying to be sensible here.
Okay. So..we have the seeds of discord so to speak Now…
OOPS Vonnie, did you mean to look like Tonto?
Well….Anyway, the catalyst is the night this pair first meet. He’s been sent home, having drunk enough port to ‘sink the British fleet at anchor’, when he clocks this absolute babe at the side of the road. In more ways than one, since the plans aren’t just laid, that’s what he fancies getting.
When Devorlane rolls home with the necklace in his pocket his family have had enough. His protestations fall on deaf ears.
He’s seen off into the military as an ordinary recruit. Boy the fun the other recruits have with that.
When Saff goes home without the necklace…well, she’s already late so her invalid brother has been turfed into the gutter to die. The beating she gets is nothing compared to that. Now scroll forward ten years of mistreatment. They’re hardly going to be nice, well-rounded people. Of course the catalyst didn’t have to be each other that night. In addition to looking at what shapes your characters ..and let’s face it, what shapes them, makes them the people they are on the page, good, bad, scarred…whatever… the ping pong effect is also very important in writing. Sure, it is. But it’s educational. Ahem.
Oh…..Not now you’ve got the door back eh? What is this? A day with Flint and look at you.
Oh and he’s so Mr Good Guy…not.
Look. For today I’m just, you know, talking about the importance, not just of goal, motivation and conflict and also understanding why your characters do the things they do, it’s making sure that everything that happens in the story, is action, reaction, action, stemming from these characters. That you don’t just create a plot to stick them on.
You create your story drivers. Pinning them, to a plot is a common top ten writing mistake to make.
Tomorrow…Well, let’s just see what that brings…..
Ten years ago sixteen year old Sapphire, the greatest jewel thief England has ever known, ruined Lord Devorlane Hawley’s life. Now she’s dead and buried, all the respectable widow, Cassidy Armstrong, wants is the chance to prove who she really is.
But not only does her new neighbor believe he knows that exactly, he’s hell-bent on revenge. All he needs is the actual proof. So when he asks her to choose between being his mistress, or dangling on the end of a rope, only Sapphire can decide…
What’s left for a woman with nowhere left to go, but to stay exactly where she is?