Way back when I submitted my first novel for publication, I was certain getting published…
If you tracked my brain process when plotting, it would look like one of those flight path maps–all over the place. Since I’m plotting a book right now, I started trying on possible story directions. I couldn’t narrow them down, so I figured, hey, I’ll at least cast the actor I’ll use for the hero.
This led me to Pinterest, which led me to Google, and I ended up on YouTube watching a Days of Our Lives clip. It was a beauty! The user who uploaded the video added some wild violin music. It really added to my enjoyment. You can view it below (you’re welcome).
I decided to take a break and rest on the couch. Well, a truckload of backstory dumped in my brain before my head hit the couch pillow. Yes! Back upstairs for more research. Two hours later, I had a new understanding of my heroine’s motivations, her career and her story direction. Back to Pinterest to find the actress she looks like. Then to Google. You get the idea. 🙂
I have a lot of plotting to do still, but I love it when the story is headed in the right direction. To have a large block of time to research, explore possibilities, and, yes, to watch Days of Our Lives clips is a huge blessing. This is one of my favorite parts of writing.
Did you ever watch soap operas? Did you have a favorite?
Have a terrific weekend!