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My Process For Writing a Book: Week Two

Debbie Stanton | Writing


I thought my first scene would include a blizzard that hit on a weekday, and the pharmacist had to take his female pharmacy tech home with him, because she lived 20 miles away. Her boss lived five minutes away and with the blizzard, it would take at least a half hour for them to arrive at his house.

I scratched that idea and gave the pharmacist two young children. Once the pharmacist became friends with this employee, she was able to visit them on a weekend. Now they could still be in a home atmosphere but without the blizzard.

Originally I thought the pharmacist would take his employee to his apartment for lunch since it was so close by. I nixed that when I added a facet to his character: he didn’t go for one night stands or fooling around during lunch time.

I knew from the beginning that the pharmacist would eventually take his employee home to his parents in another state. His mother would be standing at the sink washing dishes when they’d arrive, and a dish would slip out of her hands and crash to the floor due to her thinking she saw a ghost. Later on, I figured this lady would have a curious reaction to the employee outside along with her husband. This scene would be more potent the second way.

I’ve also added new characters to the story and needed to write more scenes to allow my characters to tell their story.

Writing my book is a balancing act: who/what to keep, who/what to delete, and who/what is needed or unnecessary. I don’t know what other authors do, but this is what’s going on with me currently.

Is there something about this part of my process you’d like to know more about? Anything you want me to discuss about writing in general? Be sure to leave a comment.

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  1. I’m enjoying your series of blogs about the writing process. Isn’t it interesting how we get ideas and build a whole story around a simple scene? I’ve heard other authors mention this as well, and I’ve done it myself. Learning the source of inspiration for other writers is fascinating. The only problem, not having something readily available to write those ideas down when they strike! LOL

    1. Thank you, Trisha, for your comment. My followers are a shy group. I like to get conversations going, so your comment is ideal!

      In your first book, The Bottom Line, you did a fantastic job of foreshadowing and tying up the loose ends by the end of the book. I was wondering how you did that — plan it that way or did you always know? For me, I get the general idea in my head, and then as I’m writing the book then more and more ideas pop in and I get so excited! 🙂 I’d like to take a class someday on mystery writing — it sounds like a lot of fun to write one of those!

      1. Thanks for the compliment, Debb. My experience is a lot like yours. For The Bottom Line, the twist was a happy coincidence, and I won’t provide details that would ruin the story, but suffice it to say that the twist (or connection) came to me when I was making my bed. So crazy. I did have to go back and change a few minor details in an earlier chapter, but they were minimal as everything seemed to just fall into place for me. I love when that happens. I’m writing the first draft of an historical romance that begins with someone’s death, so a bit of a mystery. Just the other day, I got another brainstorm that would explain everything. Makes me do the happy dance.

        1. I LOVE when that happens! I tend to look at stories and books as fluid and ready to change at a moment’s notice. 🙂 I am so looking forward to your next book!

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