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1. Where do your story ideas start?
It springs from my imagination. Some start from a dream. An idea. When it happens, I just know it's right and I go with the flow.
2. What do you write first? (beginning, middle, end)
I find I have to start with the beginning, the seed for a story. I have to know where to start.
3. Character development, do you do anything special?
I find I have to know their name first. I can't picture them or get to know who they are, until I know their name.
4. Where do you do your writing?
At home mostly. I need quiet and alone time in order to focus - to get into the zone. Once inside the zone, the characters, the setting, the story take me away and the story unfolds as my fingers type.
5. A story usually springs from an idea, a character or a scene. Once that idea is planted - how do you make it grow?
Once an idea for a story has started, making it grow takes times and imagination. Some things just come to me naturally. When it is right, I know it. Other times, especially if I am struggling with something in the story, I might be inspired by a book I am reading, or a movie, and it will help me solve the issue. Talking it out with my critique partners in my writing group also helps.
6. Do you write in Chronological order or do you bounce around within the manuscript?
I tend to write chronologically. Occasionally a scene will pop into my imagination and I will write it down as an outline and save it until it is time to incorporate it into a story.