Writing a story

Writing a story can be work, but also a lot of fun. This is particularly true if you only have a general idea what you want to write about. The boundaries are loose and you can develop the characters as you delve deeper into the story. Often I don’t know how the story is going to end or what is going to happen much beyond the chapter I’m working on.

For example in my Castle series one of my favourite characters, Gilbert, had a mysterious tattoo on his back. In book one I mentioned the tattoo without giving any details about it, mostly because I didn’t know anything about it either. I mentioned the tattoo again in book two, but still didn’t have a clue how I was going to use it. But finally in book three I was able to explain the tattoo because, like the readers, I surprised how the tattoo became important.

I’m not saying I’m always clueless about the story I’m writing but rather I like to have some details fall into place by themselves. I’m a believer in not forcing some plot twist to cover up a mistake done earlier in the story and would rather let story roll on its natural course. Sometimes that makes me as surprised as anyone how the story turns out. If I really don’t like the ending, then I go back to the beginning and do changes. That doesn’t happen too often. I’m a bit on the lazy side when it comes to rewriting a story. I guess it comes down to I want to make the story as enjoyable to read as possible and not let my own wants to interfere with it.  But if a rewrite is the best way to handle it, then I’ll growl a bit and do it. 


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