The Story Never Remains the Same

I was thinking about Book 19 last night, how to segue the two books, and I got caught up in thinking about the story for 18. Oh, I’ve got oddities galore in this grand soap opera–complete with everything but the classic Soap Opera Coma. Catheters and feeding tubes are not sexy; hair and make-up are. Yes, I do have a series in the pipe which does include a soap opera coma, but it’s explained to the reader–who’s behind the wizard’s curtain with the main characters–despite defying explanation to outsiders. Moving on.
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Birthdays and Backgrounds

When I write, I tend to simply let a story flow.

This means a lot more editing after-the-fact. One of the difficulties is that I will drop a character into a story without any character background. So, I have work to do establishing character backgrounds. Lots of people are organized enough to set up backgrounds for characters beforehand. I wish I could write that way.

On the upside, there are date generators out there, and I have gotten into the habit of tagging dates while I write scenes, so I know when events occur during the first draft of the book. It helps me set my fictional locations into the real world. So, my first project over the next week or so is to list the cast of characters in the books I’ve already written.